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Fyffes Honduras Granted Fair Trade Certification

6.4.2018

Sur Agrícola de Honduras (Suragroh), a Honduran division of Irish produce company Fyffes, has received Fair Trade certification from Fair Trade USA, a non-profit organization that sets standards, certifies and labels products that promote sustainable livelihoods for farmers and workers, and protect the environment.

Criteria for gaining certification include safe, healthy working conditions, transparency, sustainable production and respect for biodiversity. Additionally, Fair Trade enables farm workers to directly earn an additional financial premium, which is used democratically to address pressing community needs.

"We are proud to partner with Fyffes as they work to earn Fair Trade certification for their Honduran melons," Nathalie Marin Gest, Director of Produce & Floral at Fair Trade USA, said in the release. The certification process included an in-depth Fair Trade assessment, as well as a rigorous Fair Trade audit by a reputable third-party auditor. Suragroh's Internal Management System establishes guidelines for implementing and monitoring agricultural production standards at its farms, which export more than three million boxes of melons to the US market each year, making it an important supplier for US consumers.

Suragroh has received other important certifications, including PrimusGFSI regarding food safety and C-TPAT on risk assessment. It has also undergone Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA) on employment and environmental standards. Additionally, Suragroh complies with a variety of customer-mandated standards.

 

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