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The following accreditations have been gained and are maintained to ensure Hira Bhana’s produce is farmed safely, ethically and is safe for consumption so their customers can buy with total confidence.
New Zealand’s Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) programme provides a traceable, accountable system from crop to customer, which is designed to reduce the risk of health, safety and environmental issues,and ensures best practices are in place for the production, packaging and distribution of New Zealand fresh produce. Once approved, suppliers are granted a GAP Accreditation number which is displayed on all produce.
LEAF Marque is a UK initiated environmental assurance system recognising sustainably farmed products. LEAF Marque farmers prove their commitment to high standards of food production by adopting the Integrated Farm Management (IFM) programme which includes standards around the use of pesticides and fertilisers, soil management, recycling waste, conserving energy, improving water efficiency as well as responsibilities for wildlife on the farm.
To achieve accreditation suppliers must also be accredited to ISO/IEC Guide 65 and Global GAP or an approved benchmark equivalent.
The BRC Food Safety Standard has been designed to help food processors establish good manufacturing practices so they produce safe, legal products that meet the quality levels expected by their customers.
These standards include a food safety plan based on the Codex Alimentariussystem established by the Word Health Organisation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations; quality management systems building on the principles of ISO 9000 which cover product specifications, traceability, and the management of incidents and product recalls; site and equipment standards and product inspection and testing.
It also includes management commitment to a continual improvement programme as well as standards for staff training, safety and hygiene.
BRC Packaging Accreditation was gained order to pack onions for export worldwide.