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Rapidly increasing world population, changing eating habits and nutritional needs, negative changes in ecological balance, new agricultural techniques and increasingly diversified methods in processing agricultural products and making them ready for consumption have brought along some problems in the supply of foods harmless to human health. However, especially in recent years, with the increasing consumer awareness, products that can be guaranteed to be safe in the food market have started to be preferred more. Food safety means the absence of unnatural components in foodstuffs, their presence at harmless or acceptable levels and the provision of food hygiene, as well as the relationship of enterprises with the environment during the production of food, is directly related to public health and welfare.
Retailers have come together to guarantee that the product they offer to their customers is safe and produced in accordance with the principle of sustainability and has introduced the concept of GAP (Good Agricultural Practices). Launched in 1997 as a non-profit initiative of the Euro-Retailer Produce Working Group (EUREP), EUREPGAP (now known as GLOBALGAP) aims to ensure the safety of agricultural products from farm to fork and improve food quality according to the requirements of GAP developed by the EUREPGAP Technical and Standards Committee.