Optimal quality the highest priority
De Schakel is duly aware of the high demands today's consumers place on food safety and the quality of the products they consume. Attention to food safety and quality is therefore a permanent point of focus in the growers' association policy. De Schakel has a HACCP-certified care system for this in place. This system enables the organisation to structurally, efficiently and effectively monitor the quality of the products grown.
De Schakel also systematically checks the products grown for the presence of any excess concentrations of residue from crop protection substances and heavy metals. The organisation possesses an effective residue monitoring system for this purpose.
De Schakel also asks that its growers operate in line with the applicable quality and safety standards. Growers are therefore required to be VVC/VVAK-, EurepGAP (in the Netherlands and Germany) or Vegaplan (Belgium) -certified. Agreements around food safety and certification are set out in the individual grower contracts in place between De Schakel and affiliated growers. The implementation of and protocols for the quality policy are set out in the Internal Regulations of Cooperative Growers' Association De Schakel U.A.