indupro & Quality
The Quality of the Connections is the Key to Quality per se.
We take quality serious. That means we participate in and contribute to organisations that safe-guard the quality, authenticity and traceability within the ingredients industry.
With our core business in fruit juices, concentrates, oils and essences, we are sharing the philosophies and guidelines of SGF, IFEAT and IFU.
SGF: Sure Global Fair
indupro participates in the Voluntary Control System of SGF (Sure-Global-Fair). As trader/broker in the VCS, the company supports the International Raw Material Assurance (IRMA) by committing itself to comply with the rules of the control system and in particular by:
- Trading goods of known origin only
- Labeling VCS goods
- Evidencing the producer
- Guaranteeing full documentation
Food safety and food quality are of special interest for producers, traders, and consumers. Careless and dishonest competitors can put the success and image of an entire industry at risk. Other parts of the food industry have painfully experienced this already.
To minimize such risk, the fruit juice industry has set up a Voluntary Control System (VCS) for all stages their products will go through during production and trade. It stretches from the fruit processor via cool storages and blending stations to the manufacturers of semi-finished and finished goods and the traders up to the retail shelves. This allows to trace not just the history of the products but also possible quality deviations back to their source where they can be eliminated. If the food law or system rules have been infringed, the SGF will initiate corrective actions and follow-up controls.
The participation in the control system shall assist the producer in the fulfillment of his necessary diligence to market only proper goods. However, participation and the VCS certificate issued to the participants do not constitute a “carte blanche”.
The responsibility to take due care always remains with the participant. His legal liability to market and in particular process only proper goods complying with the relevant food law regulations within the EU as well as with the European commercial practice (e.g. EU Fruit Juice Directive, relevant national regulations, CoP/AIJN, etc.) remains unchanged as, in case of complaint, do the legal and statutory rights of the SGF for injunction.
IFU: The International Fruit and Vegetable Juice Association
IFU is the dedicated international fruit and vegetable juice association bringing together members of the juice community. It promotes collaboration and best practice through active commissions such as legislation, methods of analysis and science & technology. The Legislation Commission represents the juice community as an NGO at Codex Alimentarius (the only NGO to represent the worldwide juice industry at in Codex, which is a unique status). We monitor the relevant activities of the WHO, WTO and WCO.
IFU methods are recognized by Codex for juice analysis and are therefore used by the juice community worldwide to ensure safety and quality throughout the supply chain, from farm to glass.
IFU's Objectives are:
- To represent the worldwide juice interests as an NGO at governmental and international organisations.
- To act as an information and communication centre/facilitator.
- To harmonise standards and practices for juice products and producers.
- To co-ordinate scientific activities to benefit the juice industry.