Albert Heijn has developed a protocol to control the residue levels at the source: the farm sites and the packing houses of the suppliers
Suppliers, Service Providers and Albert Heijn are responsible and liable for meeting the legal requirements for residues of crop protection chemicals on fresh produce. For many chemicals, a European Union Maximum Residue Level (MRL) is defined. If no MRL is set for a chemical substance, the Level Of Detection (LOD) is applicable (usually 0,01mg/kg).
Since Albert Heijn is sourcing fresh produce from sourcing area’s all over the world, Albert Heijn has to create purchasing conditions which guarantee full implementation of the EU legislation on MRL for fresh produce.
Therefore Albert Heijn has developed a protocol to control the residue levels at the source: the farm sites and the packing houses of the suppliers.
The objectives of this protocol are:
This protocol is based on a Risk Analysis study for each plot and defines specific control measures and number of samples according the identified risks. The service providers are responsible for the implementation of this protocol by their suppliers.
Farm sites and packing houses are yearly verified by a qualified auditor.
The information from suppliers and plots will be uploaded on a web-based portal.