13/11/2019

QS at the ICOP Conference 2019

19 11 13 QS Auf ICOP 2019

ICOP 2019, one of the most important international congresses for producer organisations in the fruit and vegetable sector, will take place in Hamburg from 20 to 22 November 2019. As in the previous year, QS is supporting the event as main sponsor and will be represented with an information stand.

 

11/11/2019

October 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

04/11/2019

QS Software Platform - Spanish Version Now Online

19 03 25 QS Datenbank   Sicherheitskriterien Für Passwort Erstellung Erweitert

In addition to the German and English languages, the QS software platform is now also available in a Spanish version. The new version makes the use of the database much easier and more comfortable for Spanish-speaking QS scheme participants, coordinators as well as employees of certification bodies and laboratories.

 

Base de datos QS – Versión en español en línea a partir de hoy

Además de los idiomas alemán e inglés, la base de datos QS ya se encuentra disponible en español. La nueva versión hace que el uso de la base de datos sea mucho más fácil y cómodo para los participantes del sistema QS, coordinadores, así como empleados de organismos de certificación y laboratorios de habla hispana.

 

21/10/2019

QS scheme manual 2020 - Start of the commentary phase

20 10 21 Kommentierungsphase QS Systemhandbuch 2020

From 21 October to 3 November, all QS scheme participants, auditors and interested parties are invited to participate in the commentary for the QS scheme manual. With immediate effect, you have the opportunity to comment on the QS guidelines valid from January 1, 2020 on the QS company page.

 

08/10/2019

September 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

16/09/2019

QS-Report Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes (02/2019) - New issue published

19 09 13 QS Report OGK Erschienen

The new issue of the QS-Report Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes has been published and is now available in our media catalogue on the QS website.

 

13/09/2019

August 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

16/08/2019

QS in international exchange at PROGNOSFRUIT and ICoMST 2019

19 08 16 QS Auf Prognosfruit IComst

Last week QS was represented at two congresses, ICoMST and PROGNOSFRUIT. At the ICoMST 2019, which took place from August 4 to 9 in Potsdam, QS appeared for the first time as a sponsor with its own information stand. QS used the congress to present the services of the QS inspection system to a broad international audience and to exchange information on current projects with research representatives.

 

14/08/2019

QS at Anuga 2019 - Save the Date!

Anuga Logo

Great events cast their shadows ahead! From 5 to 9 October 2019, Anuga, the world's largest trade fair for the food industry, will open its doors in Cologne. At this year's edition of the food fair, in which more than 7,500 exhibitors from more than 100 countries took part in 2017, QS will of course be represented again. We cordially invite you to visit us at our brand new booth (A079, hall 6), to get to know our new, innovative information offer and to inform yourself about the services of the QS inspection system for fresh food.

 

07/08/2019

July 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

02/08/2019

QS at the PROGNOSFRUIT 2019

19 08 02 QS Auf Prognos Fruit 2019

The 44th PROGNOSFRUIT will take place in Alden-Biesen (Belgium) from 7 to 9 August 2019. This year QS will again be represented with an information stand at the annual congress of the international pome fruit industry and will also act as sponsor of the event. At the QS stand, the conference participants can obtain comprehensive information on the subject of quality assurance in the fruit value chain and on the QS inspection system.

 

30/07/2019

Laboratory performance assessment for QS-residue monitoring – not all laboratories are convincing

15 07 09 Aktuelle EFSA Stellungnahme

In spring 2019, QS put the analytical competence of QS-approved laboratories in Germany and abroad to the test for the 26th time. They were faced with the challenge of identifying eight active substances added to the onion test matrix, two of them using individual methods. Of a total of 65 participating QS-approved laboratories, eight failed in this task. The remaining 57 laboratories passed the test successfully, 31 of them with the maximum score. Furthermore, 25 laboratories took part in the spring test in the recognition procedure, of which only 14 laboratories passed the current test, and on a voluntary basis a third-party laboratory, whose participation was also successful.

 

16/07/2019

QS random audits 2019 completely unannounced

19 07 16 QS Stichprobenaudits Unangekuendigt

This year's random sample audits for the system chains fruit, vegetables, potatoes as well as meat and meat products started at the beginning of this week. As in previous years, the implementation period will range from July to December. New this year is that for the first time all random sample audits will be carried out completely unannounced, i.e. the locations will be audited without prior contact with the company manager, contact person or coordinator.

 

15/07/2019

OQUALIM recognises VLOG feed as equivalent

19 07 15 OQUALIM Erkennt VLOG Futtermittel Als Gleichwertig An

For QS-certified feed companies using the VLOG add-on module, it is now much easier to supply French farmers with GMO-free feed. The reason for this trade facilitation is that since 1 June 2019, the French feed standard owner OQUALIM has recognised VLOG certifications as equivalent and vice versa. OQUALIM and VLOG reached an agreement on this in May.

 

11/07/2019

Residue monitoring: QS recognises samples from Food Experts, S.L.

19 07 11 QS Erkennt Proben Food Experts An

As of now, samples taken within the independent residue monitoring scheme FoodSecuritas are fully recognised in the QS residue monitoring fruit, vegetables and potatoes. The agreement between the Spanish company Food Experts S.L. and QS benefits wholesalers and producers of fruit and vegetables who participate in both schemes. Results of samples analysed within FoodSecuritas will be transferred to the QS database only with the approval of the QS scheme participant and will then be recognised by QS as part of the QS residue monitoring. This avoids double sampling and reduces costs and efforts for QS scheme participants.

 

04/07/2019

June 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

07/06/2019

May 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

06/06/2019

QS international: Information events in Italy

19 06 06 QS Infoveranstaltung Italien Teaser

This year QS offered several information events in Italy for scheme participants and interested parties of the value chain fruit, vegetables and potatoes. Among those present were wholesalers, producer organisations, laboratories, certification bodies and auditors. Near Verona and in Salerno, they took the opportunity to obtain first-hand information about the QS scheme and to exchange ideas with the QS employees. In addition, a special training course for Italian coordinators took place.

 

29/04/2019

New issue QS report fruit, vegetables, potatoes published

19 04 09 QS Report Fvp   New Issue Teaser

A new issue of the QS report fruit, vegetables, potatoes has been published and can now be read and downloaded in the media catalog of the QS website. Cover story of the current issue: In recent months, QS has been able to significantly increase the share of fruit and vegetables with the QS certification mark in the German food retail trade. 

 

18/04/2019

QS wishes a Happy Easter!

19 04 18 QS Ostergruss Teaser EN

No more winter grey - now it's getting colorful again! Our whole team wishes you, your employees and your family a wonderful and relaxing Easter holiday with plenty of sunshine!

 

08/04/2019

March 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

25/03/2019

Base de datos QS: Criterios de seguridad más estrictos para la creación de contraseñas

19 03 25 QS Datenbank   Sicherheitskriterien Für Passwort Erstellung Erweitert Teaser

QS ha reforzado las normas de seguridad para la creación de contraseñas en la plataforma de software QS y redefinido la política de contraseñas de acuerdo con las recomendaciones de la Oficina Federal Alemana de Seguridad de la Información (BSI por sus iniciales en alemán).

 

25/03/2019

QS Database: Higher security standards for password creation

19 03 25 QS Datenbank   Sicherheitskriterien Für Passwort Erstellung Erweitert Teaser

QS has tightened the security rules for password creation in the QS software platform and redefined the password policy according to the recommendations of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI for its initials in German).

 

06/03/2019

February 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

15/02/2019

Fifth part of the QS series published in "Eurofruit"

19 02 15 Eurofruit Teil 5 Erschienen Teaser

As part of our media collaboration with the international magazine Eurofruit, the fifth and thus for the time being the last article about the QS requirements for companies in the fruit and vegetable sector has been published. In the current issue, we give an overview of the role of the certification bodies, auditors and laboratories in the QS scheme.

 

05/02/2019

Januar 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

15/01/2019

Fourth part of the QS series published in "Eurofruit”

Eurofruit Magazine Qs Teil4 Teaser

As part of our media cooperation with the international magazine Eurofruit, the fourth of a total of five articles on QS requirements for companies in the fruit and vegetable sector has been published. In the current issue, we provide an overview of the QS scheme in food retailing.

 

07/01/2019

December 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

20/12/2018

QS wishes a Merry Christmas!

18 12 20 QS Wünscht Frohe Weihnachten Teaser

The year 2018 is coming to an end and 2019 is already knocking on our doors! At this point we would like to thank you for the trusting and constructive cooperation in 2018!

 

17/12/2018

QS scheme manual of 2019 released

Leitfaeden 2015

Since 17 December 2018, the guidelines valid as of 2019 can be viewed and downloaded on the QS website. In addition, the checklists for audits, which will be carried out from 1st January 2019, will also be available there.

 

14/12/2018

Additional control plan Aflatoxin B1 revised

16 12 07 Mais

The additional control plan Aflatoxin B1 was revised with effect from 17 December 2018. The revised version includes new risk ratings for three countries of origin. 

 

05/12/2018

November 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

20/11/2018

QS Database – Optimised presentation of eligibility of delivery

18 11 20 QS DB Darstellung Lieferberechtigung Teaser

The way the search results in the scheme participant search function of the QS database are presented, has been further optimised. From now on, the respective location’s eligibility of delivery, which appears in the search results, will be identified with the colours red and green.

 

16/11/2018

QS at the ICOP 2018

18 11 16 QS Auf ICOP 2018 Vertreten Teaser

From 21 to 23 November 2018 the ICOP (International Conference of Producer Organisations), one of the most important international conferences for the fruit and vegetable industry, will take place in Rotterdam. QS supports the international congress for producer organisations and will be represented for the first time with its own information stand.

 

15/11/2018

Commenting Phase 2019 – Your opinion matters!

Leitfaeden 2015

As every year, QS invites all scheme participants, auditors and other interested parties to take part in the commenting for the QS scheme manual. Between 15. and 22. November 2018, you have the opportunity of commenting the revised guidelines that become effective as of 1. January 2019.

 

08/11/2018

October 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

16/10/2018

Second part of the QS series published in "Eurofruit”

Eurofruit

As part of our media cooperation with the international magazine Eurofruit, the second article in our five-part series has been published. In this issue we give an overview of the international cooperation at the level of production in the QS scheme and present the national and international standards with which QS has mutual recognition.

 

04/10/2018

September 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

19/09/2018

New issue of QS-Report Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes published

18 09 19 QS Report OGK Erschienen Teaser DE EN

The QS Advisory Board Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes visited Professor Ulrich Schurr at the Institute of Plant Sciences at the Research Centre Jülich and was given a comprehensive overview of the new technologies in plant research. In the current OS-Report, you can read about the challenges facing plant technology and what Schurr and his team are working on.

 

18/09/2018

August 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

03/09/2018

Media cooperation with “Eurofruit” starts

Eurofruit

As part of a series of five articles in the international magazine Eurofruit, we explain the requirements and advantages of the QS scheme for fruit and vegetables - from the producer via the wholesale to the food retail - stage by stage. In the recently published issue of September, we begin with an overview of the development and function of the QS scheme - with focus on international cooperations.

 

02/08/2018

July 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

09/07/2018

June 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

12/06/2018

Participation of GLOBALG.A.P. Option 2 producers now possible

18 04 16 QS Global GAP Teaser

As of today, producers with GLOBALG.A.P. Option 2 certificate have the opportunity to participate in the QS scheme. The prerequisites for this and a step-by-step guide to scheme participation can be found in the information sheet Participate in the QS scheme with GLOBALG.A.P. Option 2 certificates. The information sheet can be viewed and downloaded on the QS company website in GermanEnglish and Spanish.

 

05/06/2018

May 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

08/05/2018

April 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

18/04/2018

Information sheet on QS scheme participation with GLOBALG.A.P. Option 2 certificates published

18 04 16 QS Global GAP Teaser

QS has published an information sheet explaining step by step the QS scheme participation for producers with a GLOBALG.A.P. Option 2 certificate. The information sheet can be viewed and downloaded on the QS website in German, English and Spanish.

 

13/04/2018

QS internationally present

18 04 11 QS International Präsent Teaser

Of the approximately 200,000 QS scheme participants, who are currently participating in the QS scheme either directly or through the recognition of another standard, more than 30,000 are based outside of Germany. In order to ensure a consistent cross-border quality assurance of fresh meat and meat products as well as fruit, vegetables and potatoes and to ensure the integration of foreign scheme participants, QS is steadily expanding its support and contact with its participants abroad.

 

12/04/2018

New issue of the QS-Report Fruit Vegetables, Potatoes released

18 04 10 QS Report Obst Gemüse Kartoffeln Erschienen Teaser EN

A new issue of the QS-Report Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes has been published and can now be read and downloaded in the media catalog of the QS website.

 

06/04/2018

March 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

08/03/2018

New: Combined checklist for processing

18 03 06 News Kombicheckliste

Due to the implementation of the new QS guideline Preparation/Processing Fruit, Vegetables and Potatoes in 2017 the scope of the QS scheme has been expanded by processed fruit, vegetables and potatoes. Until now for companies that process both meat and fruit, vegetables or potatoes, the evaluations of both supply chains had to be recorded in two different checklists during the QS audits.

 

05/03/2018

February 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

07/02/2018

January 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

30/01/2018

Style Guide for the QS certification mark – revised version released

 Teaser18 01 30 QS Gestaltungskatalog Englisch

The Style Guide for the use of the QS certification mark was extended by revised regulations for the labelling of composed products with the QS certification mark. The updated version can be viewed and downloaded on the QS website as of now.

 

09/01/2018

December 2017 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

04/01/2018

Radish leaves and small radish leaves: EC amends requirements for residue analysis

Notfallzulassungen-BVL1-Teaser

As of 2018, leaves of radish and small radish have to be analyzed separately from the vegetable fruits. According to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit (BVL), this provides an update of EC Regulation RG (EC) 396/2005 (Annex I, Part B), which becomes effective on 1st January 2018.

 

04/01/2018

Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes: The most important new features in 2018 at a glance

18 01 05 Revisionen OGK Teaser

As a part of the revision 2018, the QS guidelines were editorially and contentually revised as well as further adjusted to common practices and legal requirements. We have summarised the most important modifications from the revision 2017 below.

 

21/12/2017

QS wishes a Merry Christmas!

16 12 13 Frohe Weihnachten Teaser

The year 2017 is coming to an end and 2018 is already knocking on our doors! At this point we would like to thank you for the trusting and constructive cooperation in 2017!

 

04/12/2017

November 2017 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

14/11/2017

New edition of the QS-Report Meat and Meat Products released

17 11 14 QS Report Fleisch Und Fleischwaren Erschienen Teaser EN

The new QS-Report Meat and Meat Products, issue 2/2017, has been released and can be read and downloaded in the Media Catalog on the QS website as of now.

 

10/11/2017

QS on YouTube: usage of QS database explained simply

17 06 29 QS Videotutorials YouTube EN Teaser

The QS database is the centerpiece of QS’s data-based quality assurance. All data from QS audits as well as from feed and residue monitorings are centrally stored in the QS software platform and allow for detailed analyses to quickly detect and prevent risks for product quality and food safety.

 

03/11/2017

October 2017 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

06/10/2017

September 2017 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

20/09/2017

New edition of the QS-Report Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes released

17 09 20 QS Report OGK 2 Erschienen Teaser EN

A new edition of the QS-Report Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes has just been released and can be read and downloaded in our media catalog on the QS website as of now.

 

18/09/2017

Reminder: QS at the 2017 Anuga

17 08 15 Save The Date Anuga 2017 EN Teaser

From 7 to 11 October 2017 the Anuga takes place in Cologne. More than 7,000 international exhibitors present themselves at the world’s biggest food and luxury food fair – including QS. We cordially invite you to visit us at our booth (E009) in hall 6.1.

 

04/09/2017

August 2017 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

16/08/2017

Save the date: QS at the 2017 Anuga

17 08 16 Save The Date   ANUGA 2017 Teaser

It’s Anuga year! From 7 to 11 October 2017 the food industry will get together at the world’s biggest food and luxury food fair in Cologne. Of course, QS will be represented on this year’s edition of the Anuga as well. You are cordially invited to visit us at our booth, hall 6.1, booth No. E009.

 

08/08/2017

Style guide for the QS certification mark – updated version released

The blue QS certification mark labels foods that are verifiably produced and marketed in compliance with binding quality requirements. It may only be used by QS scheme participants, recognized certification bodies, coordinators and recognized loboratories on product packaging, advertising materials or for corporate communications. The Style guide for the QS certification mark explains which rules and policies must be complied with for its use and representation. An updated version of the Style guide can be viewed and downloaded on the QS website.

 

02/08/2017

July 2017 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

10/07/2017

QS on YouTube: usage of QS database explained simply

17 06 29 QS Videotutorials YouTube EN Teaser

The QS database is the centerpiece of QS’s data-based quality assurance. All data from QS audits as well as from feed and residue monitorings are centrally stored in the QS software platform and allow for detailed analyses to quickly detect and prevent risks for product quality and food safety.

 

06/07/2017

June 2017 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2017 1

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

 

06/06/2017

May 2017 – Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2013

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

 

10/05/2017

Mega-trend convenience in the current QS Report Meat and Meat Products

17 05 10 QS Report Fleisch Fleischwaren Erschienen Teaser EN

The market share of convenience products increases constantly and the online trading with fresh food flourishes. This results in new challenges for the industry, for example the assurance of food safety. In the current QS Report we are looking at the challenges and possibilities when purchasing meat on the internet as well as the participation of online traders in the QS scheme. You can also read about how QS takes account on the rising popularity of convenience products.

 

05/05/2017

April 2017 – Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2013

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

 

24/04/2017

New: Video Tutorials on the use of the QS-Database

17 04 24 QS Video Tutorials Teaser 2

The QS software platform is the main tool for a data-based quality assurance from farm to shop. It allows for a reliable evaluation of data from feed and residue monitoring and thus contributes to the early detection and prevention of food safety risks.

 

18/04/2017

Additional control plan Aflatoxin B1 revised

16 12 07 Mais

With effect from 17 April 2017, the additional control plan Aflatoxin B1 valid thus far is revised.

 

13/04/2017

QS wishes a Happy Easter!

17 04 13 QS Ostergruss Teaser EN Neu

The team of QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH wishes happy and relaxing Easter holidays to you, your employees and your family!

 

07/04/2017

March 2017 – Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2013

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

 

05/04/2017

New issue of QS-Report fruit, vegetables, potatoes released

17 04 03 Jetzt Neu QS Report OGK 01 2017 Teaser

The online trade with fresh food gets going. The distribution channel via the internet increases and the stationary retail tries to keep up with its own online shops. As of now, QS enables scheme participation as well as auditioning of online retailers. You can read more about this in our new QS-Report fruit, vegetables, potatoes which is available for download in the Media Catalog on the QS website.

 

10/03/2017

Revision Additional Control Plan for Aflatoxin B1

16 12 07 Mais

On 13 March 2017 the Additional Control Plan for Aflatoxin B1 has been revised. The revised Control Plan includes a new risk classifications for Slovakia.

 

02/03/2017

February 2017 – Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2013

QS is a vibrant scheme and the quantity of our scheme participants increases. QS concludes a scheme agreement with its contractual partners from the supply chains meat and meat products as well as fruits, vegetables and potatoes and thus ensures that the supply chain is put on a reliable juridical basis.

 

13/02/2017

Meeting of Laboratory Managers 2017: Professional Exchange of International Laboratories

17 02 13 Laborleitertreffe 2017 Teaser

On 7 February 2017 the annual meeting for laboratory managers in the QS scheme took place. About 90 participants from Germany and abroad accepted the invitation to Berlin and were updated for their function within the QS residue monitoring and to exchange practical experiences.

 

06/02/2017

QS Laboratory Performance Assessment: Integration of individual methods evaluated

15 07 09 Aktuelle EFSA Stellungnahme Teaser

The laboratory performance assessment carried out in autumn 2016 focused on the test matrix tomato. The spotlight was on active substances, which have never been investigated in previous assessments. By using ethephon (plant growth regulator), fosetyl-aluminium and phosphonic acid (fungicide), for the first time, active substances have been taken into account which have to be analysed by individual methods and are allowed to be subcontracted to other QS approved laboratories.

 

06/02/2017

Revision Additional Control Plan for Aflatoxin B1

16 12 07 Mais

On 6 February 2017 the Additional Control Plan for Aflatoxin B1 has been revised. The revised Control Plan includes a new risk classifications for the countries of cultivation Croatia and Spain.

 

03/02/2017

January 2017 – Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2013

QS is a vibrant scheme and the quantity of our scheme participants increases. QS concludes a scheme agreement with its contractual partners from the supply chains meat and meat products as well as fruits, vegetables and potatoes and thus ensures that the supply chain is put on a reliable juridical basis.

 

31/01/2017

Save the Date - QS at the Fruit Logistica 2017

17 01 30 QS Auf Fruit Logistica 2017 Teaser

The Fruit Logistica will take place from 8 to 10 February 2017 in Berlin and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. At the leading meeting place of the international fruit trade world QS is again represented at the joint stand of the German Association of Producer Organisations of Fruit and Vegetables (BVEO) with its own booth.

 

24/01/2017

European neighbouring countries count on QS for fruit, vegetables and potatoes

17 01 01 Aktuelle Zahlen OGK 1 Englisch

Between January 2016 and December 2016, more than 270 additional producers of fruit, vegetables and potatoes decided to participate at the QS scheme. 76 percent of the increase is attributable to international businesses (plus 201 companies). With 41 percent, the increase is highest for potatoes producers from abroad. In Spain, the Netherlands and Italy alone, the number of producers eligible to deliver goods into the QS scheme grew by 29 percent.

 

13/01/2017

Fruit, vegetables and potatoes: This is new in 2017

Leitfaeden 2015

As a part of the revision 2017, the QS guidelines were editorially and contentually revised as well as further adjusted to common practices and legal requirements. The improvements were developed in committees consisting of experts from science and economy and discussed as well as concluded by the advisory board. The aim is to continuously improve the QS scheme and to make it more practice-oriented.

We have summarised the most important modifications from the revision 2017 for all guidelines of the fruit, vegetables and potatoes stages below:

 

05/01/2017

December 2016 – Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2013

QS is a vibrant scheme and the quantity of our scheme participants increases. QS concludes a scheme agreement with its contractual partners from the supply chains meat and meat products as well as fruits, vegetables and potatoes and thus ensures that the supply chain is put on a reliable juridical basis.

 

23/12/2016

QS wishes a Merry Christmas

16 12 13 Frohe Weihnachten Teaser

The year 2016 draws to a close. The past year has been a successful one – tasks were managed and challenges were faced. For this we say thank you!

 

06/12/2016

November 2016 – Overview of new QS scheme participants

Titel Jahresbericht 2013

QS is a vibrant scheme and the quantity of our scheme participants increases. QS concludes a scheme agreement with its contractual partners from the supply chains meat and meat products as well as fruits, vegetables and potatoes and thus ensures that the supply chain is put on a reliable juridical basis.

 

16/11/2016

Commenting Phase 2016 – Take part now!

Leitfaeden 2015

Please take the opportunity and get an impression of the guidelines valid from January 2017. Until 30th of November every scheme participant, auditor and all other interested persons have the chance to read and comment the revised guidelines: via an online contact-form you may give suggestions and offer criticism. We will carefully check all comments and hints and answer them individually.

 

11/10/2016

Extension of the recognition between COCERAL and QS

16 10 07 Gegenseitige Anerkennung COCERAL QS Teaser

QS and the international standard owner COCERAL (Standard: GTP) have agreed on a mutual recognition of audits.

 

14/09/2016

Residue specifications in focus of the new QS-Report Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes

16 09 14 Residue Specifications Focus New QS Report Fruit Vegetables Potatoes Teaser

A new issue of the QS-Report Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes is published and now available for download on the QS website under Media Catalog.

The cover article is about residue specifications in Germany.

 

18/07/2016

QS Laboratory Performance Assessment: expanded requirements, adjusted rating system

15 07 09 Aktuelle EFSA Stellungnahme Teaser

With the revision of the guideline Residue Monitoring on 1st January 2016, laboratory requirements has been expanded. In addition to the multi-methods now the analytic of the active substances dithianon, dodine, fenbutatin oxide and phenoxy alkane carboxylic acids have to be mastered as well. Within the current laboratory performance assessment three of these substances were tested.

 

07/04/2016

New: QS-Report Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes 1/2016

16 04 07 Release QS Report FVP Teaser

A new issue of the QS-Report Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes is published and now available for download on the QS website under Media Catalog.

 

24/03/2016

QS in Spain

16 03 24 Informationsveranstaltung Murcia

On 14 March 2016 an information event for Spanish wholesalers, producer organisations and coordinators as well as for consultants took place in Murcia (Spain). The event was organised by Uneport, an alliance of several agricultural cooperatives, in cooperation with QS. Nearly 20 participants accepted the invitation

 

16/03/2016

Correct Sampling - First Training in Belgium

16 03 15 Veranstaltung Probenahme Belgien Teaser

On 9 March a training for Belgian coordinators and wholesalers took place in Sint-Katelijne-Waver. The event, organised by QS in cooperation with the VBT (Verbond van Belgische Tuinbouwcoöperaties), dealt with the correct sampling for the residue monitoring of fruits, vegetables and potatoes. To secure representative sampling, the participants got precise guidelines for the technical implementation. Moreover, typical sources of mistakes and contamination were identified.

 

07/03/2016

FAQ system gives answers to the most frequently asked user questions

15 08 11 FAQ System Teaser

You want to know how the QS scheme work and which requirements the scheme participants have to fulfil? What kind of requirements have to be met for participating in the QS scheme? You will find the answers to these and many more questions at the QS homepage, category FAQs.

 

22/02/2016

Sanction procedures 2015

16 02 19 Sanktionsverfahren 2015 Teaser

In total, 410 sanction cases were considered by the sanction board in 2015. 262 cases occurred in the supply chain meat and meat products and 148 cases in the supply chain fruit, vegetables and potatoes. Compared to 2014, the number of sanction cases has been reduced by 21 (5.1 percent). The decrease is mainly in the supply chain meat and meat products (-15 percent).

 

16/02/2016

Fruit Logistica 2016: QS draws a positive balance

Fruit Logistica 2016

As leading event of the international fruit trade world, for the first time the Fruit Logistica attracted over 70,000 trade visitors from 130 countries. Also the QS exhibition booth at the booth of the Bundesvereinigung der Erzeugerorganisationen Obst und Gemüse e.V. (BVEO) enjoyed numerous visitors from Germany and abroad.

 

09/02/2016

Meeting of laboratories managers 2016

15 07 09 Aktuelle EFSA Stellungnahme Teaser

Last Tuesday, more than 60 responsible employees of laboratories active in the QS scheme accept the invitation to come to Berlin for the annually meeting of laboratory managers residue monitoring. The meeting is traditionally held on the opening day of the Fruit Logistica. Participants from Germany and abroad received comprehensive information about changes within the QS scheme and about the residue monitoring of fruit, vegetables and potatoes

 

05/02/2016

Regular and random sample audits 2015: Scheme participants achieved good results

16 02 04 Auswertung Systemaudits Teaser

In 2015, 97 percent of the regular audits were successfully passed. The scheme participants demonstrated once again that they reliably and conscientiously fulfil the requirements put on them. The good results of recent years were confirmed.

 

02/02/2016

QS at the Fruit Logistica 2016

16 01 27 Fruit Logistica Teaser

From 3rd to 5th February 2016 the Fruit Logistica - leading meeting place of the international fruit trade world - takes place in Berlin. QS is again represented with its own booth (hall 20, stand number A-02).

 

19/01/2016

Start of the training season 2016

16 01 19 Start Schulungssaison Teaser

With the training for auditors before approval the training season 2016 starts today.

 

18/01/2016

Supporting documents 2016 published

16 01 18 Arbeitshilfe Revision Teaser EN

As part of the annual revisions the QS supporting documents were reviewed and edited.

 

15/01/2016

Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes: Positive development of scheme participant number

16 01 12 Systempartnerzahlen Teaser OGK EN

The number of scheme participants at the supply chain fruit, vegetables, potatoes remained to be at a high level. This shows the current evaluation of the QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH.

 

07/01/2016

Fruit, Vegetables and Potatoes: This is new in 2016

16 01 05 Revision Teaser

As part of the annual revision the practice-oriented guidelines were further clarified and adjusted to the changing realities. Together with representatives of industry and science our committees deliberate about necessary adjustments, to achieve a continuously improvement of the QS scheme and to eliminate sources of errors.

 

04/01/2016

QS wishes a Happy New Year !

Qs Happy New Year

The QS Qualität und Sicherheit Gmbh team wishes a Happy New Year you and your families a happy and healthy New Year! Together, we can look back on a successful year.

We look forward to continuing the trustful cooperation with all our partners in 2016!

 

 

23/12/2015

QS wishes Merry Christmas!

15 12 15 Frohe Weihnachten Teaser

We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and enough time to pause. Together, we can look back on a successful year – upcoming tasks have been tackled and new challenges have been faced.

 

 

16/11/2015

International workshops for laboratories residue monitoring

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Last week two international workshops for QS approved laboratories took place in Bonn. The events about residue monitoring of fruits, vegetables and potatoes especially aimed foreign laboratories. Nearly 20 laboratory representatives from different European countries were registered for the workshops.

 

15/11/2015

Commenting Phase 2016 – Your opinion counts!

Leitfaeden 2015

This year’s commenting phase on the scheme manual for the english guidelines is from 15th to 30th November. QS invites every scheme participant, auditor and any other interested persons to read and comment the documents which come into effect on 1st January 2016.

 

21/10/2015

Successful exhibition - QS at the anuga 2015

15-10-16 anuga Messestand

The world’s leading food fair anuga ended last week in Cologne with a record of over 7,000 international exhibitors. In total, exhibitors from 108 countries were present on site and offered their innovative, new products and concepts around the international food economy.

 

08/10/2015

ANUGA 2015 will start soon

Anuga 11 025 015 Klein

This Saturday the Anuga in Cologne starts. Until 14th October, around 7,000 international exhibitors of the nutrition and food industry present their new products and concepts. QS is also represented with its own booth. You will find us in hall 6.1, stand number B017.

 

14/09/2015

QS-Report Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes: second issue published

15 09 15 QS Report OGK EN Teaser

The second issue of the QS-Report Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes is published and can be read and downloaded on the QS website under Publications.

 

03/09/2015

Save the Date – Visit QS at Anuga 2015

Anuga 2015

Coming up soon, the world's biggest food trade fair ANUGA takes place in Cologne from 10th - 14th October. We are happy to welcome you at the booth of QS (hall 6.1, stand number B017).

 

18/03/2015

New: QS-Report Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes

Qs Report EN TEASER

The new QS-report Fruits, Vegetables, Potatoes, issue March 2015, is published and can be read and downloaded on the QS website under Publications. We will offer the report twice a year. It contains a concise overview of current topics of quality assurance in fruit and vegetables in the QS scheme.

 

10/03/2015

Frequently asked questions about QS specific topics

On the QS website, we offer scheme participants, media representatives and any interested person in quality assurance of the QS scheme contact persons for each area.

 

26/02/2015

Closer cooperation between feed scheme owners and QS in case of international incidents and crises

The scheme owners AIC, GMP+ Int., OVOCOM and QS started a new platform for the managing and recording of international incidents and crises in the feed sector, which affect more than one scheme owner.

 

12/02/2015

Fruitful discussions at the Fruit Logistica 2015

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The Fruit Logistica is the leading meeting place for national and international experts of the fruit and vegetable sector in Germany. This year, around 65,000 visitors from 130 countries came by - a new record. We are more than satisfied with the outcome of this year's Fruit Logistica, says Wilfried Kamphausen, responsible for the supply chain fruit, vegetables, potatoes within QS.

 

09/02/2015

Auditor trainings in Spain met with a positive response

Schulung Madrid

On 28 and 29 January, two auditor trainings for foreign auditors were organized in Madrid for the first time. Around 30 participants from Spain, Italy and Greece took part in the initial and specialized training for production and wholesale of fruit, vegetables and potatoes.

 

09/02/2015

Meeting of the laboratory managers 2015 in Berlin

This year's meeting of the laboratory manager residue monitoring was on 3 February 2015. More than 60 participants from Germany and abroad came to Berlin in order to bring themselves up to date concerning their activities in the QS scheme.

 

04/02/2015

Monitoringreport 2015

Monitoringreport 2015 Teaser

Consistent quality assurance with fruit and vegetables is bearing fruit: 99 percent of all samples examined for pesticide residues were below the legal maximum limits. This is substantiated by the jointly conducted evaluations of the monitoring programmes of QS Fachgesellschaft Obst-Gemüse-Kartoffeln GmbH (QS) and the German Fruit Trade Association (DFHV). The analysis results are summarised in the Monitoringreport 2015 which will be published in the course of the Fruit Logistica fair.

 

14/01/2015

Growing number of scheme participants in 2014

The number of our scheme participants grows continuously. In 2014 another 2,228 scheme participants chose QS. This is demonstrated by the current analysis.

 

15/12/2014

Commenting phase concluded: guidelines for 2015 have been published

Between 17 and 28 November 2014 scheme participants, auditors and other interested persons had the opportunity to comment the guidelines of the scheme manual, which come into effect on 1 January 2015.

 

12/12/2014

New category “FAQ” provides answers to your most frequently asked questions

QS has optimized its website concerning user-friendliness: From now on, you will find a central FAQ scheme for our website in English and German.

 

 

20/11/2014

For the first time QS organized two workshops for laboratories

Blog Laborkompetenztest

Recently, two workshops with representatives from QS approved laboratories took place in Bonn. More than 30 participants attended the two events about residue of monitoring fruit, vegetables, potatoes and about feed monitoring.

 

17/11/2014

Commenting Phase 2015 – Your opinion counts!

Leitfaeden 2015

This year’s commenting phase on the scheme manual for the english guidelines is from 17th to 28th November. QS invites every scheme participant, auditor and any other interested persons to read and comment the documents which come into effect on 1st January 2015.

 

25/08/2014

Revised style guide for the QS certification mark published

Gestaltungskatalog Email Signatur Neu ENG

The revision of the style guide for the QS mark is completed and the
style guide can be viewed and downloaded from now on at www.q-s.de/qs-style-guide.html.

The rules for the use of the QS certification mark have not been changed with the revision, but emphasis was put on clarity and practical relevance. The now clearly structured style guide includes numerous examples of the use of the certification mark in advertising media, packaging materials or in corporate communications.

 

 

11/07/2014

New QS-scheme participants: Latest figures at mid-year

The number of our scheme participants grows. In the second quarter of this year another 650 scheme participants chose QS. This is demonstrated by the current analysis. The increase in agricultural businesses is particularly worth highlighting. Another 400 cattle farmers improve the availability of beef from the QS scheme. More than 100 new livestock transport companies, especially from the Netherlands, have been QS-certified.

 

20/03/2014

Regular audits 2013: QS requirements fulfilled to a high degree

Regular Audits FVP 2013

The current analysis shows that more than 96 percent of all scheme participants fulfill the QS requirements reliably. This is the result of the evaluation of more than 47,000 audit reports which were conducted by independent auditors within the QS scheme last year. The scheme participants were even able to improve the good results achieved the year before.

 

19/11/2013

New Info letter meat and meat products

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Animal welfare in Germany is set to improve even further in the future. With industry-wide initiatives for animal welfare, farmers, meat producers and food retailers have committed to fair and sustainable meat production. This is why in the current Info letter meat and meat products, issue 03/2013, we put a special focus on the Animal Welfare Initiatives for pig and poultry.

 

18/11/2013

Your opinion counts! – Commenting phase 2014 has started

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QS invites everyone to participate in this years’ commenting phase of the QS scheme manual. From 18th November to 29th November 2013, scheme participants, auditors and all interested persons might express suggestions and criticism via an online contact-form. Comments will be carefully examined and answered individually.

 

18/10/2013

Temporary authorization for ethephon-application on Spanish kakis

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Fruit growers in Spain might temporarily use the maturity modulator ethephon for kakis. The Spanish authorities have granted an exceptional authorization which is valid from 1st September until 15th December 2013.

 

27/09/2013

Visit QS at ANUGA

Anuga 11 025 015 Klein

As the world's largest food trade fair, the Anuga is an important event for the industry and well worth a visit. This year, the Anuga takes place from Saturday, 5th to Wednesday, 9th October and QS will be represented there with its own stand. If you are on site, you should not miss to visit the QS experts in the meat hall (exhibition hall 6.1, stand B015).

 

08/08/2013

Info letters 02/2013 published

QS-Infobriefe 02 / 2013

Cross-stage quality assurance has many facets. QS presents some of these in the latest info letters. Therein you will find specific reports for the supply chains meat and meat products and fruit, vegetables and potatoes.

 

25/07/2013

First logistics coordinator from abroad

Logistik

With its certification in June 2013 the spanish company Agridesk has been the first foreign logistics coordinator within the QS scheme. Since then, Agridesk ist entitled to organise participation in the QS scheme for spanish transport companies.

 

12/06/2013

Random sample audits 2013

Stichprobenaudits Gespiegelt

As every year, auditors are currently on their way to carry out random sample audits throughout the QS scheme. Between June and September, randomly selected scheme participants will be checked for specific requirements.

 

28/05/2013

QS publishes Annual Report

QS Annual Report 2013

QS has published its Annual Report Strong Partners. Hand in hand for safe food. The publication’s 40 pages comprise facts and data about the cross stage quality assurance in 2012 und present tasks and projects of the current year. The report can be downloaded from the QS-website.

 

27/03/2013

EU changes the specifications for residue analytics of kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

From 1st April 2013 should only the bulb for kohlrabi - after removal of roots, tops and adhering soil (if any) – be analyzed for compliance with maximum residue levels defined in the regulation (EC) No 396/2005. This was decided by the EU Commission.

 

08/03/2013

QAC - scheme participants collect 9,000 test results

Rümo

QS scheme participants actively participate in a monitoring program for the quaternary ammonium compounds Benzalkonium chloride (BAC) and Didecyldimethylammonium chloride (DDAC). Together with the member companies of the German Fruit Trade Association, they collected a total of 8.897 test results between 5th July 2012 and 31st January 2013 and transmitted them to QS. The results were now forwarded to the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in anonymous form.

 

12/02/2013

Laboratory managers exchange knowledge

Im Labor

More than 60 participants attended the annual event Meeting with laboratory managers – residue monitoring on 5 February, 2013 in Berlin. Like the QS scheme itself, this event becomes more and more international. A simultaneous translation of all lectures guaranteed that all of the 32 foreign participants were able to understand everything.

 

06/02/2013

QS at the Fruit Logistica

Foto

From 6th to 8th February 2013 the world´s leading trade fair for fresh fruit and vegetables is taking place in Berlin. About 55,000 trade visitors from 120 countries come to the FRUIT LOGISTICA every year. QS presents itself to the trade professionals as one of 2,543 exhibitors.

 

04/02/2013

monitoringreport 2013

Monitorinreport

At this year´s Fruit Logistica QS and the German fruit trade Association (Deutscher Fruchthandelsverband e.V. (DFHV)) present the monitoringreport 2013. For the fourth time now, QS and DFHV have evaluated their residue monitoring programmes together. A total of 16.059 samples originating from 66 countries have been analysed. The results are very pleasing: 40 percent of the samples analysed did not contain any detectable residues of plant protection products. The proportion of samples in which the maximum residue level was exceeded stood at low 0.9 percent for products of European origin. For fruit and vegetables coming from outside Europe, the complaint rate was at 2.8 percent which is 0.4 percentage points lower than the year before. 

Directly to the monitoringreport 2013

 

 

30/01/2013

Sanction board avenges violations consequently

Scheme participants have to anticipate sanctions when they violate the requirements of the QS scheme. In 2012 the QS sanction board, chaired by retired judge Kurt Pillmann, advised 279 cases.

 

21/01/2013

Scheme participants prove reliability

Audisituation Lupe

Companies in the QS scheme work correctly and meet the QS requirements even if they do not expect to be subject of a QS control. That is the result of the random sample audits carried out in 2012. More than 300 unannounced audits were performed at scheme participants between October and November 2012. The results are remarkable: 96.5 percent of the audits were passed.

 

15/01/2013

With Kaiser’s Tengelmann to the International Green Week

ErlebnisBauernhof

Shared commitment for safe food. The International Green Week starts in Berlin on 18th January 2013. At the Farm Experience, Kaiser’s Tengelmann and QS present themselves as strong partners in the field of quality assurance. At their common stand, visitors will be provided with plenty of infotainment around the topics safe foods and quality assurance.

 

08/01/2013

Info letters issue 04/2012 published

Infoletter

What's new in 2013? More information about the QS scheme in Spain, the crisis management, the laboratory performance assessment in autumn 2012 and the poultry spot audits. Interviews with scheme participants and QS-live ambassadors and many other interesting topics are published in our latest info letters.

 

18/12/2012

Scheme manual 2013 published

Systemhandbuch

The guidelines an checklists which will come in to effect on 1 january 2013 are now available in the downloadcenter of the QS homepage. The accompanying checklists can be found in the section checklists for independent inspection.

 

04/12/2012

Papers of incident updated

Krisenmanagement

From now on, scheme participants can use revised notification forms to inform QS in the event of an incident. Papers of incident are now closer to practical realities.

 

30/11/2012

Residue control plan 2013 published

Rümo

QS has now published the new control plan for the residue monitoring. It has previously been adopted by the scientific advisory board. While the risk level for many fruits (including sour cherries, nectarines and outdoor strawberries) has been reduced, the results for vegetables are mixed.

 

19/11/2012

On the road to success in southern Europe

Apfel

On 12th November 2012, the fifth Spanish certification body attained its QS-approval. QS is thus expanding its network in Europe and enhances the year-round product availability of QS certified fruit and vegetables.

 

15/11/2012

Your opinion counts!

IMG 1111 Klein

This year´s commenting phase on the English scheme manual begins on 16th November 2012. From this date, the guidelines which come into force as of 1 January 2013 will be published in advance on the QS homepage. For two weeks, auditors, scheme participants and the interested public get the possibility to inspect the documents and express suggestions and criticism.

 

06/11/2012

New Supporting Document on Microbiology

SD Microbiology

A new Supporting Document on Microbiology and Sampling explains scheme participants how the requirements of the Guideline Preparation Fruit, Vegetables and Potatoes are to be implemented.

 

30/10/2012

Auditor trainings 2012

Schulung 2012

With finishing the last training course in 2012, QS presents the first annual review in October already. This year, QS employees have held a total of 32 auditor trainings in ten different cities.

 

15/10/2012

Info letters issue 03/2012 published

Newsletter 03

Which stance has QS taken up in the current animal welfare debate? What does the new QS standard for logistics mean for freight forwarders that transport fruit, vegetables and potatoes in the QS scheme? Read more about these and other interesting topics in our latest info letters.

 

09/10/2012

New QS Standard for Logistics

LKW

QS is to offer a standard for the logistics of fresh fruit and vegetables from 1 January 2013. After a transition period of two years, all transports within the supply chain Fruit, Vegetables and Potatoes may only be performed by certified service providers who are registered in the QS database. To allow freight forwarders´ participation in the QS scheme in a realistic manner and avoid double certification, QS recognises the IFS Logistics certificate as equivalent.

 

13/09/2012

Implementing random sample audits 2012

Audisituation Lupe

As in the years before, unannounced random sample audits will be conducted within the QS scheme during the next months. The audits focus on particularly important requirements, such as hygiene or animal welfare.

 

18/06/2012

Stop of Vi-Care application recommended

Following reports on the significant contamination of the plant strengthener Vi-Care with the active substance DDAC (Didecyldimethylammoniumchlorid), the distributing company MBM Flora & Düngemittel GmbH recommends, as a precaution, to renounce the application of Vi-Care for the time being.

 

05/06/2012

Recall of plant protection products

Individual batches of Folpet-containing plant protection products are currently recalled by several manufacturers in Germany. During the production process several plant protection products had been contaminated with the active substance Captan.

 

31/05/2012

QS annual press conference 2012

QS Jahrespressekonferenz 2012

On 24th Mai 2012, QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH presented its latest annual report at the annual press conference in Frankfurt am Main. Under the headline Food you can trust it takes a look at what drove the economic operators in 2011 and highlight topics they commonly address in 2012.

 

22/03/2012

Fenugreek seeds - Ban on imports lifted

Europa

The Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) notifies that, as from 1 April 2012, fenugreek seeds from Egypt may be imported to the EU again.

 

05/03/2012

New chairmanship of the sanction board

As of 1 march 2012 Kurt Pillman, former president of the Bonn Regional Court, has taken over the chair of the QS sanction board. He replaces Wilbert Knickenberg, who held this position since 2003, shortly after the foundation of the QS scheme. Additionally Dr. Friedhelm Adam was appointed to the sanction board as further expert for the agricultural sector.

On 8 march 2012 the sanction board will meet for the first time in its new composition. It will be the 36. sanction board meeting since the foundation of the QS scheme.

 

14/02/2012

International Meeting of Laboratory Mangers in Berlin

Laborleitertreffen

More than 60 executives from Germany and abroad took part in the annual Laboratory Managers’ Meeting Residue Monitoring in Berlin. On this occasion the experts learned about news from the QS scheme and new facts from the analysis of residues in fruits, vegetables and potatoes.

 

09/02/2012

QS-live proves popular at the Fruit Logistica

Impressionen

The presentation of QS-live.de attracts a lot of attention at the ongoing Fruit Logistica. With a blog, campaigns, news, lotteries, recipes and product information the interactive internet portal will inform about fresh foodstuffs with the blue certification mark and illustrate what cross-stage quality assurance means in future.
You can visit us at our booth in hall 20 of the exhibition centre in Berlin. Get a first impression by the following pictures.

 

29/11/2011

First producer from South Africa in the QS Scheme

Südafrika-Flagge

From now on chives with QS certification mark can also be delivered from South Africa. The new producer of the QS scheme is located in Randfontein, near Johannesburg. Marolien has a regristation for vegetable production and supplies chives from its 12 hectares of cultivated area.

The map showing the international producers who are eligible to deliver into the QS scheme becomes more and more complete.

 

21/11/2011

Spring onions a “hard nut” for labs to crack

Laborarbeit

Foreign labs are catching up in the latest QS laboratory performance assessment


In autumn 2011, 77 laboratories from twelve countries took part in the laboratory performance assessment for residue monitoring in fruit, vegetables and potatoes. In particular the 28 laboratories undergoing the recognition procedure found themselves faced with a real challenge in the form of the test matrix for spring onions. Only 15 of the 28 labs passed the autumn test. Of the 49 laboratories already recognized on the other hand, none is to lose its recognition.

 

25/10/2011

McDonald´s advertising with QS scheme participants

MCDonald´s Logo

On the internet and in TV spots, fast food chain McDonald’s is currently advertising the fact that it relies specifically on direct cooperation with partners in the agriculture sector when selecting its products. Quality assurance plays a very prominent role in this for McDonald’s.

 

06/10/2011

QS heading into its second decade

QS-Jubilaeumsmarke

Founded at ANUGA in 2001, QS is about to enter its eleventh year. In the ten years that have passed since its inception the QS scheme has become a highly respected mark of approval for quality food products from reliable sources.

QS will celebrate its anniversary at ANUGA with a stand of its own in the meat hall (Hall 6.1, Stand A060/B061). At the stand shared by the Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) and the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BVE) QS will be represented in an exhibition on quality. Here QS will present quality assurance across all stages based on systematic supply chain inspections for beef and pork. In this exhibition QS will be grouped together with other big names, all of whom stand for various segments of the food market and all of whom promote product quality out of a sense of responsibility.

View also milestones in the development of the QS system over the past ten years.

 

26/09/2011

QS conclusions from EHEC

Advisory Board adopted Supplementary guideline. In their meeting of 20 September 2011, the Fruit, Vegetables and Potatoes advisory board decided among other things that the supplementary guideline Processing was to take effect from 1 January 2012. What it involves in essence is hygiene criteria through which microbiological contamination is to be better avoided in future.

 

30/06/2011

Keeping an eye on audit quality

In their joint meeting, the advisory boards for beef veal and pork and for poultry decided to further intensify the monitoring of audit quality  through QS. For this purpose, specially trained auditors will carry out timely staggered audits (parallel audits).

 

20/06/2011

EHEC: Increased caution with surface water

Oberflächenwassser

According to a joint announcement by the Social Ministry and Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of the State of Hessen, the EHEC pathogen O104:H4 has been detected in a stream near Frankfurt called Erlenbach.

 

20/06/2011

EHEC analyses: No contamination found

QS has collected round 3350 results from its scheme participants concerning the analysis of enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) contamination. All results are negative, no contamination was found.

 

16/06/2011

Laboratories in the QS Scheme confirm their abilities

Successful laboratory competence test for the residue monitoring of fruit, vegetables and potatoes.

With additional requirements, 71 laboratories from 13 countries faced up to the latest stress test for authorized laboratories in the QS Scheme this spring.

 

06/06/2011

Ehec analyses negative

Laboruntersuchung_QS

QS has collected 1035 results from its scheme participants concerning the analysis of EHEC contamination. All results are negative, no contamination was found.

 

10/05/2011

QS on Twitter

The QS scheme has enriched its communication tools. On May, 4th, 2011 QS sent its first tweet, a short message on Twitter limited to a maximum of 140 characters.

 

06/04/2011

Season 2011 has begun

Spargelernte

Fresh German Asparagus Available

Asparagus harvesting season has begun. German asparagus freshly harvested from the fields is available now. In the QS-System there are around 490 growers who produce the popular vegetable according to QS’s requirements. With respect to pesticide residues asparagus belongs to the products without remarkable complications. In the QS residue monitoring system 140 samples were taken and tested in 2010. In 98.5 % of the samples no chemical agent could be traced. There were no complaints about exceeding the maximum residue levels.

 

15/02/2011

Flordimex 420 – permit for tomatoes on hold

On 28.01.2011, the BVL (Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit) ordered the holding of the permit for the Flordimex 420 plant protection product (containing Ethephon) which is used to accelerate the ripening of tomatoes in greenhouses. The measure is carried out at the request of the permit owner CBW Chemie GmbH, since individual instances have been found with residues close to the maximum levels permitted.
 

15/02/2011

Potatoes: New nematode directive

In Germany, the legal foundations have been laid for more intensive combating of potato nematodes. The German Federal Council voted in January 2011 in favor of the directive on combating potato warts and potato cyst nematodes. This implements an EU directive which adapts the methods of combat used against nematodes and warts to recent scientific knowledge. In order to prevent the risk of the organisms being carried over, in future, official examination of the fields intended for potato cultivation is mandatory prior to planting.
 

15/02/2011

Ethephon in Spanish bell peppers

Reacting quickly to current occurrences in the market is a core function of residue monitoring. How this works in practice was demonstrated by a incident that took place in the middle of January 2011. At this time, Ethephon was detected at rates above the legal maximum in Spanish bell peppers. Ethephon is a growth regulator used to quickly color vegetables but which has been banned for use on bell peppers in Spain since summer of 2010. QS immediately informed scheme participants and instantly increased the number of samples taken from Spanish bell peppers in the monitoring plan (raising from risk level 1 to 7). In addition, Ethephon examinations by means of individual methods were made mandatory in the winter season. In this way, QS makes a considerable contribution to preventive consumer protection.
 

15/02/2011

QS at the Fruit Logistica 2011

Fruit Logistica The Fruit Logistica in Berlin is one of the most important fairs in the international fruit trade. Along with the „Bundesvereinigung der Erzeugerorganisationen Obst und Gemüse e. V.“ (State association of fruit and vegetable producers) QS will be on hand between February 9th and the 11th 2011 with their own trade fair stand in Hall 20, C – 03. Trade visitors will be able to find out detailed information about the QS scheme for fruit, vegetables and potatoes throughout the entire fair. Current topics include the availability of goods and fresh-cut products. At the trade fair on 11th February, a QS laboratory head meeting will take place during which the results of the laboratory performance assessments in 2010 will be discussed. For the first time, Dr. Gustav Offenbächer will be reporting as laboratory expert on the developments in individual substance analysis.
 

15/02/2011

Potatoes

Im Kartoffellager

Maintaining Quality in Storage

When it comes to the storage of potatoes there is a lot to remember: It is implemented in various stages and requires, depending on the harvesting conditions and the variety of potato, using tiny temperature modifications in the individual stages of storage.

 

15/02/2011

Working Document use of the Mark

Zeichennutzung Convenience

Now also for Convenience Products

How do I label the goods from my certified company on the delivery note? Am I using the QS certification mark correctly? These scheme participant questions are answered by QS in the working document for producers, wholesaler and food retail industry for the chain fruit, vegetables and potatoes „QS certification mark, identification and use of mark“.

 

15/02/2011

Fresh Cut

QS Freshcut Salat

The QS Certification Mark is an All-Round Benefit

The demand for ready-to-eat fruit, vegetables and salad mixes is constantly increasing. There are very few other product groups in the food trade with similar levels of increase. Fresh-cut is one of the big current trends.

 

15/02/2011

Nitrates

New regulation for maximum levels isin sight

The long announced new regulation of maximum nitrate levels for lettuces and spinach starts to take shape. A first change draft of (EU) directive 1881/2006 is now available.

 

15/02/2011

Risk Index for Analysis Volumes

New Monitoring Plan in Resuídue Monitoring 2011

For the new monitoring plan for 2011, QS has developed a risk index for risk-oriented assessment of the individual products and origins.

 

15/02/2011

For the second year

Monitoringreport

Joint Monitoring Report with DFHV

The second time round makes it tradition: After the first publication in January 2010, the second monitoring report is now available. It is produced in collaboration by DFHV Deutschen Fruchthandelsverband e. V. and QS.

 

15/02/2011

Interview

Carsten Everink

What does an auditor do?

The company is approved by QS to carry out independent audits. Everink specializes in QSGAP monitoring. This interview gives a short insight into his work and explains where the Production stage has potential for improvement.

 

15/02/2011

Certification of Agencies

Now even simpler and clearer

With the January 1st 2011 revision, QS has simplified the certification for agencies at the wholesale level: The requirements for agencies have been tailored to the specific structure of these companies.