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Viterra confirms food safety and quality focus

9 April 2020

Viterra’s network has been recertified as a Green Food supply chain confirming the business’ continued focus of providing quality, food safe grain.

The Green Food certification is issued by the Green Food Development Center, operated by the Ministry of Agriculture for China, and represents agricultural and other products that have passed a strict set of standards in quality control and management at all points in the supply chain. The certification has become known as the typical representation of safe and high quality agricultural products and food in China.

The recertification issued to Glencore Agriculture encompassing the Viterra supply chain helps buyers to maintain a market for South Australian barley and strengthens relationships with Chinese barley customers who often require their sourced product to be aligned with Green Food standards.

The Viterra supply chain has been Green Food certified for nine years, demonstrating the business has continued to uphold the food safety and quality standards of Green Food Development Center.

Viterra’s supply chain underwent a three day audit last year to receive the recertification, which included visiting its laboratory, a port terminal site and storage and handling site to understand the business’ operations and processes in place. Auditors also met with growers to discuss their growing practices.

The audit highlighted the continued high level of investment made by Viterra – the Green Food Certificate being one example.

To ensure South Australian grain meets the requirements of end users both domestically and internationally, Viterra has maintained its ISO 22000 certification for over 20 years, the highest certification of any grain supply chain in Australia. The business also opened a purpose built laboratory in 2018 and has since purchased additional testing equipment to further enhance its capabilities.