NaturaCert is now endorsed to carry out NURTURE verifications, since during the last week of October 2021, NaturaCert auditors and staff were trained in the GLOBALG.A.P. Nurture add-on. The purpose of this training is to offer the participants (Inspectors/Auditors/Office Personnel), information, general concepts and the applicability of the Nurture-TESCO scheme, as well as tools for understanding and interpreting the General Regulations provided for this module, with which the necessary skills will be developed for the planning and execution of the inspections/audits requested by the clients who wish to be certified in this add-on.
‘’ Nurture-TESCO, is a program that has been added to the NURTURE module of GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version 5, since 2017. The NURTURE module is based on the GLOBALG.A.P. of Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA), in its current version and adds additional rules and control points. Tesco developed Tesco Nature’s Choice, renamed the Tesco NURTURE Scheme (Tesco NURTURE (TN) Scheme), which has been implemented through a code of practice since 1991. This scheme identifies key products and practices that, when adhered to by Producers and suppliers of fruits, vegetables, flowers and ornamentals of Tesco, guarantee that their production systems and product handling are sustainable, respectful and responsible with the environment. In 2016 Tesco decided to restructure the scheme in such a way that it would be based on the current GLOBALG.A.P. of Integrated Property Assurance. A significant number of growers participating in the Tesco NURTURE Scheme are also GLOBALG.A.P. certified. In order to improve the efficiency in the evaluation process, Tesco identified the duplication of requirements of both schemes and decided to evaluate control points that are specific to the NURTURE program such as the NURTURE module in addition to the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA applicable to fresh produce.’’ (Tesco plc. 2019 NURTURE module, Scheme Rules. Spanish version 11.2-1. England. 28p)
For NaturaCert, it is very important to increase its scope, in order to satisfy the demand for services required by our clients. At the time of this news, NaturaCert has successfully carried out 5 Nurture audit processes, two in Colombia and three in Peru.