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By Will Cavan
Executive Director

March 26, 2011

The Article covering negative reports from the Peruvian mango industry and the issue of possible non compliance of the GRASP component of GLOBAL GAP certification by the accused parties has sparked viewership of the IMO Blog and generated input here are a few of the comments:

Dear Will Cavan,
Thanks for sharing the important information, GlobalGAP is imperative now for the trading of crops to high end markets-it give confidence to the consumer and minimize the risk for the perishable commodities by virtue of applying the recommendations of experts. Its the need of the time and Govt. of  USA has signed an article last month for the import of GlobalGAP certified and GRASP certified products in USA from next year.
So the relevance of GlobalGAP is clear.

Dr Waqar Ahmad
Sector Advisor(Horticulture)

Thank you for your response.

Your answer is partly correct.

In Theory GLOBAL GAP is a wonderful concept.

However, in practice, once facilities are certified, GLOBAL GAP does not monitor on a daily basis to make sure that there is compliance.

That is the problem.

The current issue making headlines around the world points this out.

Major importers & Super market chains require that product in our case mango operations be GLOBAL GAP certified.

Howeever, as SOMO of Holland has pointed out in their expose, the GRASP component of GLOBAL GAP is being completely ignored by mango operations once they are certified.

GLOBAL GAP outsources the certification process around the world and therefore has no control over the use of their certification.

Unless there is a major overhaul of the compliance component by independent auditors, the GLOBAL GAP certification will be worthless.

Your opinion is highly valued and we thank you for your input.

Kind Regards,

Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California

Dear Will Cavan,

I personally like the topic of this debate because it was in mind for quite some time. Why GlobalGap?  being a producer whatever the demand or standards issued by buyers producers have to comply but it actually serves the very purpose I think this need to be seriously taken up. Otherwise it seems good to me.


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GLOBAL GAP is a wonderful concept and especially the GRASP component.

Unfortunately, mechanisms (teeth) are missing on the compliance once an operation is GLOBAL GAP certified.

The Dutch NGO (SOMO) was able to show that the firms mentioned did not comply with the GRASP Component.

Had the Operations followed the guidelines, this would be a non issue.

SOMO has the ear of the United Nations and is partly funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

With that said, one can only imagine where this whole debate is going.

If GLOBAL GAP does not step in to correct and hand out punishment to violaters, the GLOBAL GAP certification will be worthless.

You can't have the fox guarding the Chicken coop!

Thanks for your valued input!

Kind Regards.

Will Cavan

Please review the articles mentioned on our Blog:



Perhaps you will see what The IMO is referring to.


Will Cavan

Dear Cavan,
Thanks for your prompt reply, and Yes I agree with you that GlobalGAP out source the program and there must be direct supervision by the GlobalGAP certification by the Head office at Germany, in the revised version GlobalGAP - GAP v 4.1 being implemented by the Jan 2011, more surveillant visits of the certified farms has been ensured for the GAP protocols and social compliance.

Hope it will happen in real letter and spirits.

But under the given circumstances we cannot ignore the importance of Global GAP as it lowers the cost of production, enhances the productivity as well the quality of the product.Fresh fruits and vegetables does need the consistency, quality and confidence of importers and consumers by virtue of traceability.

Trainings on skill development of the labor is another gray areas in the certification program as most of the time casual labor is hired for the harvesting and packing of the product-which has to be trained with the personal hygiene and proper product handling procedures, as the cheap labor of minors and women folk is involved by the farmer for the purpose thats where the rule of thumb of r the social compliance has been sabotaged.

Would you please to up date me for the regulations implemented by the APHIS for the import of fresh fruits and vegetables by the USA- recent development with reference for the mango crop. 

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