From farm to shop

Quality assurance for fruit, vegetables and potatoes

Around 90 % of the fruit, vegetables and potatoes grown in Germany are QS certified. The QS inspection system ensures thorough and reliable quality assurance based on clearly defined and coordinated requirements from farm to shop.

The standards apply across borders and simplify international trade in goods. Independent auditors monitor whether and how the requirements are fulfilled. The front-to-end inspections form the basis for the consistent process control and traceability in the QS scheme.


News

Here you will find news and information on the QS scheme as well as relevant articles and topics on the various stages of the food chain. 

09/04/2021

March 2021 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes...

03/03/2021

February 2021 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes...

11/02/2021

Quality assurance even in uncertain times

The evaluations of the QS audits from the past year, which was dominated by the Corona pandemic like no other, show it: even in these...

09/04/2021

March 2021 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes...

03/03/2021

February 2021 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes...

11/02/2021

Quality assurance even in uncertain times

The evaluations of the QS audits from the past year, which was dominated by the Corona pandemic like no other, show it: even in these...

The stages for fruit, vegetables and potatoes

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Residue Monitoring

Residue monitoring in the QS scheme monitors fruit, vegetables and potatoes to ensure that applicable maximum residue levels for plant protection products and limit values for pollutants and nitrate are observed. It also checks whether the pesticides used are approved for the product. The aim of monitoring is to ensure that only flawless goods find their way to the consumer. In the event of complaints, possible causes are clarified in order to avoid recurrence by means of suitable measures.

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QS Agreements

QS actively promotes cooperation with other standard owners across national borders, so that everyone can rely on each other. In the interests of food and feed safety, QS maintains a close exchange with the standard owners- a good basis for joint further development.

Among others, QS is a member of the European Meat Alliance (EMA), the International Feed Alliance (IFSA), the International Committee Road Transport (ICRT) and the European Network for Fruit and Vegetables (A-NET).


Production | Belgium

Vegaplan

QS and Vegaplan (Vegaplan vzw) mutually recognise their standards for the production of fruit, vegetables and potatoes as well as for residue monitoring. Producers with a valid Vegaplan audit certificate can deliver into the QS scheme if they can provide evidence of individual Vegaplan certification. For this purpose, they are registered in the QS database. They are primarily coordinated through Vegaplan. Their delivery eligibility can be accessed in the QS database. In return, businesses with a QS audit certificate are also eligible to deliver into the Vegaplan scheme.

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Dr. Annette Förschler

Logistics | International

IFS Logistics, IFS Food, IFS Cash&Carry/Wholesale sowie GMP

QS recognizes IFS Logistics IFS Food or IFS Cash&Carry/Wholesale certificates for logistics services in the QS scheme.

For the transport of unpacked, loose potatoes and onions as bulk goods or goods in bulk packs, the right to deliver into the QS system can also be obtained by a certification according to the QS guideline Feed Sector (production scope road transport) or certification according to GMP+ (scope road transport).

The participation via a recognized certificate takes place by the responsible certification body entering the runtime of the IFS or GMP+ certificate in the QS database.

Further information can be found in the document Steps to becoming a scheme participant - Logistics.

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Juliane Weinmann

Production | Production | International

GLOBALG.A.P.

GlobalG.A.P and QS (with QS-GAP) have mutually recognised their standards. Producers with a QS-GAP certification must be registered in the GlobalG.A.P. database to be allowed to deliver into the GlobalG.A.P scheme. Businesses with a valid GlobalG.A.P. audit certificate can deliver into the QS scheme if they register through a QS coordinator and participate in mandatory QS residue monitoring.

Production businesses with several locations certified according to the GlobalG.A.P. standard in a multi-site procedure who would like to participate in the QS scheme must arrange for auditing and register of each site. For companies with a multisite with QMS, analogous requirements (see information sheet) apply as for companies with a GlobalG.A.P. Option 1-certificate. 

Producers and certificate holders with a GlobalG.A.P. Option 2-certificate (group certification) can find more information on participation in the QS scheme here

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Dr. Annette Förschler

Production | Production | Austria

AMAG.A.P.

QS and Agrarmarkt Austria Marketing GesmbH, standard owner of the Austrian AMAG.A.P quality standard, mutually recognise their audits for the production of fruit, vegetables and potatoes. Producers with a valid AMAG.A.P certificate can deliver into the QS scheme if they register via a coordinator in the QS scheme. They obtain their eligibility to deliver following registration and through participation in QS residue monitoring. In return, businesses holding a QS-GAP certificate are also eligible to deliver into the AMA-Gütesiegel quality assurance scheme.

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Dr. Annette Förschler

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