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Farm Assurance Standard for Turkeys Launched

by 5m Editor
27 February 2009, at 7:51am

GERMANY - Globalgap has launched a new module for the certification of commercial turkey production. The Turkey Module is part of the company's Integrated Farm Assurance Standard (IFA), which comprises health and welfare auditing.

In 2008, the activities of the responsible standard managers and the sector committee for agricultural livestock at GLOBALGAP focused on the development of the turkey module. The experience and the commitment of turkey production specialists helped to define the control points and the compliance criteria.

Several free-range turkeys test audits with the new turkey module have been successfully carried out in Europe (by SGS at Heidemark, Germany, and at Gallicoop, Hungary) plus in Brazil at Perigão via Instituto Genesis.

Following completion of the public consultation by early January 2009, the turkey module was approved by the newly elected board of Globalgap on 26 January 2009. Then it turned immediately to interim final status, which was completed on 22 February 2009. Being a modular system, Globalgap's IFA requests that the audited and certified turkey producer has to comply with the company's all-farm, livestock base and the new turkey modules in order to achieve the certification.

The turkey module follows the same structure as the other modules and contains 31 major requirements, 62 minor requirements and 10 recommendations. The headlines of the 13 sections that provide the control points and compliance criteria for commercial turkey producers are: provisions for poults, supply of feed and water, housed and free-range turkeys, shed facilities and their mechanical equipment, turkey health and veterinary care, hygiene and pest control, handling and residue monitoring, emergency procedures, workers knowledge and qualifications plus compliance with social standards, humane slaughter of casualty birds as well as dispatch and transportation of birds for slaughter.

The permanent recording of the health parameters by the producer in association with the Veterinary Health Plan (VHP) is a major requirement. The permanent recording of the health parameters by the producer in association with the VHP is a major requirement. Thus, a sophisticated VHP is one of the keystones for compliance with Globalgap's turkey module. Animal welfare issues are addressed in many control points, especially the separation of sick birds, the knowledge of workers on animal welfare and the implementation of their skills in daily work.

Globalgap (formerly known as EUREPGAP) has established itself as a key reference for Good Agricultural Practices (G.A.P.) in the global market place, by translating consumer requirements into agricultural production in a rapidly growing list of countries – currently more than 80 on every continent. The company is based in Cologne, Germany.