Ensures quality teams have constent and predictable quality tests on fresh produce during the delivery process.
Rapid access to fresh produce quality information the relates back to the supplier is essential for supplier quality management, better price negotiation, and maintenance of company wide quality management programs.
Analyze quality issues using count or percent method
Automatic emails of supplier quality issues can be sent to pre-set mailing lists
Supplier quality tests can be based on your own internal quality control, customer QC, or standardized QC
Attach photos as evidence of a quality issue.
Instantly share supplier quality test results with the supplier to improve communication and quality
Quality tests are archived permnantly and can be used to determine if a supplier is improving or devolving their own quality standards
International trade of fresh fruits and vegetables is a billion dollar business that has significantly increased in the last two decades.
This trade is important for many developing countries and may account for an important share of their hard currency earnings.
Losses resulting from inadequate post-harvest handling, storage and distribution result in diminished returns for producing countries. In the last years, international markets have rejected exports of fruits and vegetables containing non-authorized pesticides, with pesticide residues exceeding permissible limits, with inadequate labelling and packaging requirements, with contaminants exceeding regulatory levels,without the required nutritional information and/or with inadequate general quality.
To reduce the risks from contamination associated with production and trade of fresh fruits and vegetables and to promote market opportunities, efforts are under way by governments and industry to develop and apply good practices throughout the food chain.Stress is placed on implementing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in production and harvest;Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) especially during post-harvest and Quality and Safety Assurance Systems, such as HACCP,
throughout the food chain to avoid and to control hazards.
The Food and Nutrition Division of FAO has given assistance to developing countries through technical cooperation projects and consultancies to develop food safety policies and to build local capacities for safety of fresh fruits and vegetables. In the last four years, several regional FAO workshops in Latin America have identified the need for integrated actions to address food safety and quality throughout the post-harvest chain and have shown the need for greater emphasis in the use of GAP and GMP in primary production of foods and vegetables.
To accomplish this, the Food and Nutrition Division of FAO, with inputs provided by the workshops, has implemented the Global Project “Global Inventory, Reference Materials and Food Safety Training Programme for Improving the Quality and Safety of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables”.
The objective is to strengthen (as a first step) the capability of Latin American and Caribbean countries to implement food safety and quality assurance programs for fresh fruits and vegetables, exchange information and provide train the trainers courses. Multipliers will replicate the experiences nationally and will enhance awareness on the relevance and importance of applying integrated approaches to quality and safety initiatives from the producer to the final consumer.
This Manual is a guide for training courses for trainers at the national level.The guidelines to train the trainers focus on the practical application of technical concepts, supporting the implementation of quality assurance and safety initiatives for fresh fruits and vegetables,from private and public institutions at the local,regional,national and governmental levels in each country. The Manual provides guidelines for practical and participative workshops, with the integrated and multidisciplinary approach required to ensure the success of quality assurance and food safety programs for fresh fruits and vegetables.