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LACON Ltd Cyprus offers a wide variety of certifications in the fields of farming and food processing. The entire food-chain, from seeds and feed up to the final product reaching the consumer, is put to test.
For more than 20 years, LACON has been serving clients using competent food and agricultural specialists as qualified auditors. We help certified companies to demonstrate and document their competence thereby enabling them to sustain their position and strengthen their customers’ confidence in a market geared towards product safety.
LACON is not controlled by external interests and is therefore impartial and independent. Consequently, LACON can offer services equally to all applicants independent of commercial influences.
Based on a reasonable fee structure and using qualified personnel, we achieve a high level of control and certification without jeopardizing the economic feasibility of the products being certified.
LACON certifies companies operating globally as well as small producers and farmers. Distinguished references and national and international accreditations (CYSAB, Competent Authority etc.) are proof of LACON’s competence.
It’s not important if you call it a control, an audit or an inspection; important for both sides is that a process is examined and it is determined if all requirements of the standard or the regulation are being met or not, where improvements make sense or where corrective actions are required.
It goes without saying that our auditors are well educated and well trained, have practical experience and are independent. The LACON auditor has more to offer: the aim is to conduct the audit on par with the persons responsible from the company being audited. Records and documents are checked depending on the size of the company, possible risks and requirements for complying with the standards in question. Above all, it is important to evaluate implementation in company practice which can usually be done during the on-site walk around the premises.
Following the audit, the person responsible from the company must be able to say that the audit was worthwhile, compact and was conducted in an agreeable atmosphere. Ultimately, after the audit is before the audit.
Lacon Ltd Cyprus is accredited by CYSAB. You can find further information in their official website below
Under the aegis of the Department of Agriculture.
You can find the Departments website below
The organic consumer expects the highest level of food safety when she/he buys organic products. For this reason, the entire chain connected with organic products has been included in the legislation governing the control process. Everyone who brings an organic product on the market is subjected to the organic control. There are only certain exemptions in the case of retailers selling to consumers.
Organic agricultural produce is the basis for producing healthy and high quality organic products. Legislative authority has laid down all regulations for the production, processing and labelling of organic products in the Organic Regulation, Commission Regulation (EU) No 834/2007 and the accompanying guidelines hereto, Commission Regulation (EU) No 889/2008.
Fertile soil, maintained by implementing diversified crop rotation and animal husbandry well-suited to local conditions, provides the nutrients for healthy, strong plants thereby forming the basis for organic farming. Preventive measures, such as the selection of suitable varieties, serve to protect the plants against disease.
The steadily increasing global demand for seafood has lead to a rapid expansion of the aquaculture industry because the quantities that can be fished are no longer sufficient to meet the needs of this growing demand.
Organic aquaculture production provides innovative aquaculture producers with the opportunity to distinguish themselves from industrial aquaculture producers and to boost their income.
Bees are very important for ecological balance in agriculture and forestry as they pollinate plants. Organic beekeeping requires keeping the bee colonies under species-appropriate conditions, using resistant bee varieties, constructing housing made natural substances with residue free honey combs and middle walls of wax from organic production units and making use of organic acids or essential oils for depleting varroa-mite disease.
The hives must be placed such that the nectar and pollen supplier plants within the flying radius of the bee colonies are on organically farmed land or from cultures and/or wild plants that do not jeopardize the organic quality of the beekeeping products.
The IFS food standard initially provided the food industry with a clear retailing standard. It now consists of a whole series of standards that can be applied to all sectors of the food retailing industry.
No other branch has been so highly challenged by globalisation as that of primary food production. GLOBALG.A.P. is now established on the global market as being the reference standard for good agricultural practice (G.A.P.). The main issues covered by GLOBALG.A.P. are related to food safety and are based on consumer expectations.
In 2012, LACON extended its range of services extended to include certification of management systems according to the world-wide accepted Norm ISO 9001.
More than 1 million certified companies world-wide make use of ISO 9001 as an instrument to steer their company and improve their performance. Internationally valid requirements for management systems concerning quality of production, service performance and development are laid down in this norm.
An increasing number of consumers in Europe are attaching great importance to food being free of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). In Austria, the Guideline for Defining GMO Free Production of Foodstuffs and their Labelling provides the legislative framework for labelling food of plant and animal origin as being GMO free.
GRASP is an additional module to GLOBALG.A.P that covers social aspects. LACON can offer the GRASP Module in combination with GLOBALG.A.P certification.
GRASP is directed towards the social practices concerning the workers employed by the operation. Some of the aspects taken into consideration are: How are complaints managed? Do the workers know their rights? Are minimum wages and working hours abided by?
GRASP can only be applied in those countries in which a national interpretation exists.
Further information and current forms can be found under Downloads or on the GLOBALG.A.P website.
n 2010, LACON attained authorization to carry out certification according the UTZ Standard. “UTZ Certified Good Inside” with its headquarters in Amsterdam was initially designed for coffee farming and has now been extended to cover tea and cocoa production.
Professionalization of agricultural production and improved management enable the farmers in developing countries to increase sustainability of their raw materials resulting in a production of larger quantities at a lower cost. Increased profit generated is used to improve the living standards of the farmers and their families.
To protect the climate and reduce current CO2 emissions, the sustainable use of biomass for energy is to be encouraged. The 2009/28/EU Directive defines sustainability requirements for the use of biomass for energy. With the Biomass Electricity Sustainability Ordinance (BioSt-NachV) and the Biofuels Sustainability Ordinance (Biokraft-NachV), the framework of the Renewable Energy Sources directive stipulated by the European Union for sustainability criteria for biofuels and liquid fuels is transposed into national law (Germany). In the meantime REDcert was recognized by the European Commission as a system for the certification of sustainable biomass.
For more information and available certificates please visit the official website of the Department of Agriculture below
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