"COCERAL formally launches the new version of the GTP Code for the collection, storage, trading and transport of cereals, oilseeds, protein crops and other plant products and byproducts together with the accompanying certification rules.
COCERAL endorsed the idea of one single Code for operators in the European Union: the European GTP Code is conceived as a modular part of a quality management system covering the whole food and feed chain which should enhance and maintain consumer confidence.
The new scheme, to be applied voluntarily, constitutes a progress tool supporting collection, storage, trading and transport operators in the day to day management of the food and feed safety. The new scheme is built around four complementary and autonomous modules helping identifying the covered activities carried out by one or more operators themselves or by a sub contractor:
"This is an historic move forward for COCERAL and its quality scheme" – said Margaretha Minser, President of COCERAL – "the GTP exists since before 2001 when the first translation into English and French was approved by COCERAL Board.
With the new version 2011, the GTP will benefit of its consistency to the COCERAL Guide of Good Hygiene practices endorsed by the European Commission in July 2010 as well as of a renewed identity enhanced by its dedicated website www.gtpcode.eu" COCERAL President said.
"By disclosing their activities in the food and feed chain operators in agricultural trade demonstrate awareness of their responsibilities with regard to food and feed safety as well as consumer health and the readiness to assume them" she concluded."