An agro-food technology centre in central Italy is accredited as a certification body for different kinds of agricultural products. The centre has in-house expertise and instrumentation in food certification, and experience in international cooperation. It offers certification services to agro-food growers, producers or consortia, distributors or others seeking food certification, through an outsourcing or subcontracting agreement.
The centre operates as an independent third party for the certification of agri-food products and has decades of experience. It has been recognised since 1998 by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry as a Private Inspection Body for products with protected designation of origin (PDO) and protected geographical indication (PGI) and, more recently, Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) (EC Reg. 1151/2012).
Other certifications it is accredited to issue are:
Beef labelling (traceability) in accordance to EC Reg. 1760/2000 and EC Reg. 653/2015; Traceability System in the feed and food chain in accordance with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 22005:2007; Wines in accordance to EC Reg. 110/2008, EU Reg.1308/2013; and Integrated Crop Management National Quality System (SQNPI), an Italian national guideline on sustainable, environmentally-friendly and human health-friendly agronomy techniques.
Companies/growers/producers interested in obtaining certification will be asked to submit their goods to the investigatory procedures specific to the type of product certification sought. The investigation and certification will be performed by the centre under an outsourcing or subcontracting agreement.
Certifications are recognised in EU member states (in accordance with EU regulations) and International countries as provided in accordance with ISO rules.
For the producers, quality and traceability certifications add value and market advantage to agricultural products; to consumers, they provide an assurance of quality and transparency.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Producers, growers, associations and consortia of producers/growers, stores and chains, brands, and any others wishing to obtain certifications for agricultural products including wine, in order to gain market advantage and provide a guarantee of quality and transparency.
The centre has decades of certification experience so it is a reliable partner for producers, brands or stores seeking to certify their products.The certifications issued are valid throughout the EU and beyond (as in the case of International Organization for Standardization (ISO)). Even in countries outside the EU, the PDO/PGI/TSG marks are recognised and respected.
Many consumers consider a product certification as an additional guarantee of quality, and as a way of knowing more about the product.
By adding conformity certification to their product or brand, the store (or grower or association of producers) can enhance market value, and build and safeguard product image, in line with the demand for high quality standards by consumers.
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