The Dutch pig standard IKB Varken Varkenshouders, owned by Kiwa CBD B.V., has successfully completed re-benchmarking against the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Standard Version 5.1. IKV Varken Varkenshouders has been recognized as an equivalent scheme. The IKB inspections include housing and stall systems, animal nutrition, medicine use, animal health, animal supply and removal, transport, hygiene, and other key topics.
You will find more information on their website at: https://www.kiwaverin.nl/diensten/varkenshouderij/
One of GLOBALG.A.P.’s main missions is the ‘one auditor through the farm gate’ principle, and benchmarking is how to achieve it.
Harmonizing the requirements of different schemes and checklists cuts out duplication and takes the complexity out of certification. It reduces costs, administration, time and effort, with producers, suppliers and retailers all profiting from the benefits.
And by gaining GLOBALG.A.P. approval, benchmarked schemes and checklists also enjoy international recognition – a valuable advantage in the highly competitive global market.