Food Safety

CERTISYS offers you 3 certifications in food safety and animal welfare depending on your production activity.

The FASFC self-checking guide G-040 for the primary sector and the Vegaplan specifications are only applicable in Belgium and meet the requirements for the safety of the food chain.

In Belgium, all operators active in the food chain are legally obliged to have a self-checking system. Self-checking is the set of measures taken to ensure that the products meet the regulatory requirements relating to:

  • Food safety,
  • Product quality for which the FASFC is competent,
  • Traceability at all stages of production, processing and distribution.
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The validation of this system by a certification body such as CERTISYS is not compulsory, but offers several advantages:

  • A decrease in the frequency of your inspections by the FASFC (Federal Agency for Food Safety);
  • A reduction of your annual contribution to the FASFC

GlobalG.A.P. certification ensures compliance with food safety AND sustainability standards. It is international in scope. It is appropriate if you want to market your products and meet your customers’ requirements locally and internationally.

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FASFC Self-checking Guide G-040 – Primary sector

This guide is intended for farmers active in primary plant and animal production.  It contains the requirements relating to the safety of the food chain, animal health and traceability that fall within the competence of the FASFC in the primary production sector.

This sector guide consists of four modules:

  • Module A: Primary Plant Production
  • Module B: Fodder
  • Module C: Primary Animal Production
  • Module D: Non-Edible Horticultural Production
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VEGAPLAN

The Vegaplan Standard is intended for farmers involved in primary vegetable production. The standard includes all the legal requirements for food safety and additional requirements for product safety, traceability and product quality in the food chain. The standard also includes requirements relating to sustainability and includes the legal requirements for integrated pest management. It is applicable to all crops (except non-edible horticultural and decorative crops).

This certification is proof that you comply with:

  • The legal requirements of the FASFC on self-checking, mandatory notification and traceability in the food chain. This means that you benefit from a significant reduction in your annual contribution to the FASFC and are subject to fewer inspections;
  • Regional requirements for the sustainable use of pesticides and the implementation of Integrated Pest Management Control;
  • The criteria that define the quality imposed by the buyers (auctions, trade and processing industries);
  • A significant number of measures related to cross-compliance that define access to Common Agricultural Policy support;
  • Sustainability expectations, including for biofuel crops.

If you are already certified organic, you will find it easier to obtain Vegaplan certification. Many of the principles are indeed similar to the specifications of organic agriculture (EU) and are based on the same values: sustainability, integrated control, traceability, quality.

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GLOBALG.A.P.

This certification is intended for farmers (crop and livestock production) and processors. GLOBALG.A.P. is an internationally recognised set of standards for Good Agriculture Practices. It enables you to meet the requirements of retailers in terms of food safety and sustainability on a global level.

5 advantages of GLOBALG.A.P. certification

  • Add value to your products by complying with the globally recognised GLOBALG.A.P. standards.
  • Access new local and international customers, markets, suppliers and distributors.
  • Reduce your exposure to reputational risks in food and product safety.
  • Optimise the efficiency of your processes and management of your operation.
  • Get a GLOBALG.A.P. Number (GGN) for easy identification and traceability in business-to-business trade.

If you are already certified organic, you will find it easier to obtain GLOBALG.A.P. certification as many of the principles are similar to the EU organic farming specifications and are based on the same values: sustainability, health, animal welfare, respect for the environment.