Good Agricultural Practices
Drenovac d.o.o. has high standards related to the quality and product safety.
The company’s cooperation with business partners and buyers is based on mutual confidence, constant insist on quality and it is controlled with using IFS FOOD and GlobalGAP standards. The employees in Drenovac d.o.o. keep up to date with the latest ongoings on the world market which results in demanding new requirements towards the cooperators. The agricultural producers and cooperators are provided with the necessary instructions in order to preserve the quality and the product safety:
HYGIENE DURING RASPBERRY, BLACKBERRY AND PLUM HARVEST
Raspberry is a kind of fruit that is not washed in further stages of processing after the harvest.
Due to these facts, the druit is exposed to many kinds of risks, so for the product safety it is obligatory to take even more parameters into consideration. Inside the raspberry fruits, a new pathogen named Norovirus (also known as ’winter vomiting bug’) has been discovered. This kind of pathogen affects human health by causing stomach problems. During the seminars that we organize, the agricultural producers are informed about what causes this virus and how to prevent fruit contamination from this virus.
CURRENT YEAR RASPBERRY PROTECTION PROGRAM
The company’s expert service is up to date with all the ongoings on the target markets, and according to the new data the company creates a list of active allowed substances that may be used for raspberry protection and which are allowed on the market of Serbia, EU, and USA.
The integral raspberry protection is applied during the harvest. In order to preserve the fruits safety, it is not necessary to perform all the safety treatments, unless some specific phenophase levels during the plant growth require the opposite.
In 2014, IFS FOOD standard has been introduced an this step allowed our company to fulfill the following goals:
• Level of the fruit safety and quality has been improved
• Using procedures and working manuals, an easier and more efficient production has been accomplished.
• A more detailed product traceability has been initiated.
• The buyer’s confidence has been brought to a higher level.
• The number of buyer has increased.
Official accredited certification bodies with highly qualified evaluators took part in the process of standard evaluation.