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The brand of food product certified by ACERTA is a guarantee of quality for any food producer, marketer or logistic operator who wants to export their products or introduce them in high added value markets.

In response to the increasing demands of consumers in relation to food quality, safety and animal welfare, and as an entity with high specialization in the food sector, we make available to our customers one of the widest global offers of auditing and certification services.

In addition to international food safety schemes such as IFS or BRCGS, we also offer our seals:

Traz@ Certified, which guarantees the origin of the raw materials and ingredients declared on the label, and

Certified HACCP, which demonstrates compliance with the Food Codex.

Food industry

The reliable and internationally recognized vegan label

BeVeg is an internationally recognized label, already used by many hundreds of companies on all continents to differentiate their products and services for vegan consumers.

The BeVeg label can only be used by companies that have successfully passed audits conducted by accredited, independent certification bodies approved by BeVeg International. These audits are carried out by auditors specially trained in this scheme and who have passed a knowledge test, which gives maximum assurance that products and services bearing the BeVeg label are truly vegan.

The BeVeg trademark is applicable to products and services, and their respective producers in the following sectors:

  • Food and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages
  • Cosmetics, perfumes and pharmaceutical products
  • Textiles
  • Furniture
  • Services and organizations

The BeVeg brand is supported internationally by a team of lawyers who continuously monitor the integrity of the scheme.

All certified producers and products included in the scope of BeVeg certification are listed in a public directory on the BeVeg website. The information is also available through an app for cell phones and tablets, making it easy for vegan consumers to find the products they are looking for according to their requirements.

ACERTA is authorized by BeVeg International to certify the BeVeg brand globally.

If you would like to request more information or a quote for BeVeg brand certification, please fill out THIS FORM or email us at: info@acerta-cert.com.

BRCGS (BRC Global Standards) is a standard developed by the British Retail Consortium (BRCGS), created in 1998 and grouping the majority of British retail companies.

BRC is widely recognized by large retail chains, especially those in the United Kingdom.

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IFS (International Featured Standards) was founded in 2003 under the name International Food Standard. IFS standards are uniform standards for food, products and services. They guarantee that companies certified according to IFS standards manufacture a product or provide a service that is safe and complies with customer specifications and legal requirements based on the philosophy of continuous process improvement.

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IFS Global Markets – Food is a standardized food safety program for both retailers and the food industry, based on the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) competitive framework.

With the IFS Global Markets program, a tool has been created for small or less developed companies in food safety procedures, to establish a management system and implement the IFS standards step by step in a defined period of time.

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IFS Logistics is a standard for auditing companies whose activities are one or more of the following: transport, storage, distribution, loading/unloading, etc. of food and non-food products.

This standard is not applicable to the following activities:

– Processing of food or non-food products;
– Import, marketing of products (brokers’ activities).

The scope of the IFS Logistics standard is set out in Annex 1 of Part 1 of the IFS Logistics standard.

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The objective of the program is to facilitate market access, create mutual acceptance along the supply chain and provide an environment for training, development and evaluation of small and/or less developed suppliers of logistics services. These companies may find it difficult to implement processes that ensure product safety and quality due to their size, lack of technical knowledge or economic factors. The program includes a protocol that supports continuous improvement in logistics safety management systems. It also offers a flexible and staggered implementation in terms of time, starting with an initial and final level to achieve. In addition, IFS Global Markets Logistics provides a good opportunity to take the first steps on the road to IFS Logistics certification.

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The HACCP system, which is scientifically based and systematic, identifies specific hazards and measures for their control to ensure food safety. It is a tool for assessing hazards and establishing control systems that focus on prevention rather than relying primarily on end-product testing. Any HACCP system is susceptible to changes that may result from advances in equipment design, processing procedures or the technology sector.

HACCP can be applied throughout the food chain, from the primary producer to the final consumer, and its application should be based on scientific evidence of hazards to human health. In addition to improving food safety, the application of HACCP can offer other significant benefits, including facilitating inspection by regulatory authorities, and promoting international trade by increasing confidence in food safety.

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The crossed grain is the international gluten-free symbol and is currently regulated by the AOECS (Society of European Coeliac Associations), which delegates to its member associations the granting of its use and control.

In Spain, FACE is one of those in charge of granting this certification. Therefore, those industries interested in using this symbol on their products must apply for certification under the “European Licensing System” (ELS).

It is a symbol internationally recognized by all those people who must follow a gluten-free diet, providing great confidence to the celiac community and being a quick reference when faced with the need to buy gluten-free products. It also provides a commercial advantage to manufacturers in this growing and increasingly competitive market.

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UTZ is a sustainability program for coffee, cocoa, tea and hazelnuts, which works in collaboration with existing brands. Through this program, farmers are empowered to improve their productivity, product quality and efficiency, while caring for people and the environment. In this way, they can produce higher volumes at lower cost, which translates into improved living standards for farming communities. Consumers can enjoy their favorite brands and, at the same time, contribute to making the world more sustainable.UTZ es un programa de sostenibilidad para el café, el cacao y el té, que funciona con la colaboración de marcas existentes. A través de este programa, se capacita a los agricultores para que mejoren su productividad, la calidad de sus productos y la eficiencia, cuidando a las personas y el medio ambiente. De esta manera, pueden producir mayores volúmenes a menor coste, lo que se traduce en una mejora del nivel de vida de las comunidades agrícolas. Los consumidores pueden disfrutar de sus marcas favoritas y, al mismo tiempo, contribuir a hacer más sostenible el mundo.

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AUDIT PURPOSE:

The purpose of an audit is to gather all current and accurate information regarding the overall Food Safety status of existing and potential vendors/suppliers.

Food Safety status of existing and potential vendors/suppliers. This information will be shared ONLY with the appropriate members of COSTCO Wholesale, called the FOOD SAFETY AND TECHNOLOGY GROUP and Purchasing Personnel.

The COSTCO AUDIT GROUP will use this audit to determine what areas, if any, need improvement to meet COSTCO Food Safety and/or Animal Welfare criteria. Purchasing staff will use this information as an aid in making safe and intelligent purchases for COSTCO members. The outcome of this audit will in no way be used as a punitive measure; rather, this audit provides both the vendor/supplier and COSTCO Wholesale the opportunity for continuous enrichment and improvement.

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    Agricultural production

    The GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Fruit and Vegetables protocol is a compendium of good agricultural practices, environmental management, HACCP and traceability.

    Its requirements are aimed at ensuring product safety, hygiene and the reduction of potential sources of contamination throughout the growing, harvesting and handling processes.

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    The Combinable Crops Standard covers: Propagation Material, Machinery and Equipment, Crop Protection, Harvesting as well as Harvested Crop Handling.

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    The GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody Standard is an essential complement for all producers and retailers handling GLOBALG.A.P. certified products, as it ensures that any product that is marked as GLOBALG.A.P. product or sold as GLOBALG.A.P. certified product is sourced from GLOBALG.A.P. certified farms.

    The GLOBALG.A.P. CoC (Chain of Custody) Standard identifies the status of your product all the way from farm to retailer. It establishes strict requirements for the handling of certified products and the proper segregation of certified and non-certified products in processing units.

    The GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard provides a high degree of transparency and integrity, adding value to your product and brand in the marketplace and an additional guarantee for your customers.

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    GRASP is the abbreviation for “GLOBALGAP Risk Assessment on Social Practices”.

    The GRASP Module is a tool that helps producers to demonstrate their compliance with international and national labor legislation. GRASP Assessments are not full social audits, but focus on examining the social management system implemented by the producer.

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    Tesco NURTURE program has become an additional NURTURE Module to the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Version 5.

    Since January 2017, the Tesco NURTURE program has become a NURTURE Module add-on to the existing GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Version 5 audit processes. This reduced duplication of audits and increased flexibility for suppliers in choosing how they want their production sites to be assessed.

    The NURTURE module focuses on plant protection product list management (PPPL) and the transition to GLOBALG.A.P. does not affect how suppliers manage their PPPLs.

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    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) enacted by the FDA requires specific practices to be implemented and followed for the production, handling, and import of food products.

    In order to assist fruit and vegetable growers in implementing these practices, GLOBALG.A.P. has created the FSMA PSR add-on, which outlines the FSMA Produce Safety Rule checkpoints applicable to this type of produce.

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    AUDIT PURPOSE:

    The purpose of an audit is to gather all current and accurate information regarding the overall Food Safety status of existing and potential vendors/suppliers.

    Food Safety status of existing and potential vendors/suppliers. This information will be shared ONLY with the appropriate members of COSTCO Wholesale, called the FOOD SAFETY AND TECHNOLOGY GROUP and Purchasing Personnel.

    The COSTCO AUDIT GROUP will use this audit to determine what areas, if any, need improvement to meet COSTCO Food Safety and/or Animal Welfare criteria. Purchasing staff will use this information as an aid in making safe and intelligent purchases for COSTCO members. The outcome of this audit will in no way be used as a punitive measure; rather, this audit provides both the vendor/supplier and COSTCO Wholesale the opportunity for continuous enrichment and improvement.

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    The LEAF Marque standard is a protocol recognized by the global agricultural industry sector, which is currently available in 5 languages: Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian and English.

    It is a high environmental standard and it is a requirement that every producer on the farm is certified against the scheme.

    The LEAF Marque standard is a list of questions on how each producer manages his farm and crops. For each question there is a checkpoint that must be met in order to qualify for certification. The answers to the questions should be approached on the basis of whole farm management.

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    UTZ is a program and label for sustainable agriculture.
    The Code of Conduct sets out the requirements that are at the core of the UTZ program, encompassing better farming practices and working conditions as well as better care for nature and the next generations. This helps farmers grow better crops and generate a higher income, increasing their social and economic resilience and preserving natural resources for the future.

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    The AH- DLL GROW add-on takes the form of an assessment which can be implemented together with the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance inspection or audit. It is required for both individual producers and producer groups that supply fruit and vegetable crops either directly or via their suppliers to Albert Heijn in the Netherlands (AH) or Delhaize in Belgium (DLL).

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      Livestock and Compound Feed Manufacturing

      This standard covers Food Safety, Livestock Traceability, Biosecurity on the farm, Animal Housing and Nutrition, Animal Welfare and Health, Responsible Use of Antibiotics, Worker Health and Safety.

      Currently there are already companies in the sector in Spain that have been certified in Global GAP Animal Production, as is the case of the Ivars Cooperative.

      Similarly, other large groups in the supermarkets sector, such as El Corte Inglés, Lidl, Mercadona or Eroski, are showing their interest in this certification. In some cases, they have already included the implementation in their specifications to their suppliers.

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      This standard encompasses Food Safety, Worker Health and Safety, Animal Welfare, Environment and Ecology, Traceability, Chain of Custody and Corporate Responsibility.

      Currently there are already large companies in the sector in Spain that have been certified in Global GAP Aquaculture, as is the case of the CULMAREX Group (see news) or the Andrómeda Ibérica Group.

      Similarly, other large groups in the retail sector of large supermarkets such as El Corte Inglés, Carrefour or ALDI Group are showing their interest in this certification and are considering the upcoming implementation in their specifications to their suppliers.

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      La Norma CFM define los puntos de control y criterios de cumplimiento para el aseguramiento de calidad en la producción, suministro y compra de materias primas e ingredientes para fabricar los alimentos para animales o alimentos balanceados. Cubre todos los pasos de producción, desde la compra, la manipulación y el almacenamiento, hasta el procesamiento y la distribución de alimentos balanceados. La norma cubre los alimentos balanceados comerciales y no los alimentos para animales de elaboración propia, dado que los últimos no salen de la explotación donde fueron producidos. Los productores que preparan mezclas propias deben cumplir con los criterios ya pautados en la Norma para Producción Animal o para Acuicultura y no requieren certificación adicional bajo la norma CFM.

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      “Animal welfare, during transport from farm to farm and from farm to slaughterhouse, is crucial. Certified livestock producers are required to transport their animals using certified transporters.”

      The GLOBALG.A.P. Livestock Transport Standard establishes the framework for certification of transport companies, and helps livestock producers find GLOBALG.A.P. certified transporters. The Standard covers the transport of all types of animals and is applicable to land transport vehicles. It excludes transport by air and/or ship except in the case of roll-on/roll-off ferries.

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      ACERTA offers the widest possible range of animal welfare standards to help producers demonstrate compliance by achieving certification against international requirements. The standards assessed cover all animal handling activities on farms, transport and slaughterhouses. You can find them on the Animal Welfare page:

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