Cargill's animal nutrition business in Honduras, and on-farm solution provider to the growing agriculture and aquaculture industries, has achieved the prestigious Global Good Agricultural Practice Compound Feed Manufacturing certification.

The Honduras facility, located in San Pedro Sula, achieved the certification for the production of feed for shrimp and tilapia after completing a year-long, in-depth process to document and demonstrate processes, systems and traceability in the areas of food safety, regulatory compliance, worker training, safety and welfare, and responsible use of natural resources.

"This achievement is a reflection of Cargill's commitment to provide safe and nutritional feed solutions to its customers as part of a responsible food supply chain," said Imre Havasi, managing director for Cargill's animal nutrition business in Central America. "It's also the result of the hard work and discipline of our dedicated employees. Earning the Global Good Agricultural Practice Standard demonstrates the positive manner in which the entire business collaborates internally as well as externally with outside stakeholders."

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The Global Good Agricultural Practice Standard for Compound Feed Manufacturing covers all aspects of feed manufacturing from raw material sourcing to the finished feed products used on farm, including transportation.

"With this certification, the facility will now be able to take its plant, operations, and aquaculture products to a higher and more competitive level," said Karina De Leon, Regional Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory manager. Honduras is Cargill's third plant to achieve the certification after its aqua feed plants in Medan, Indonesia, and Dong Thap, Vietnam.

The certification is an internationally recognized set of farm standards dedicated to good agricultural practices. For consumers and retailers, the certificate is reassurance that food reaches accepted levels of safety and quality, and has been produced sustainably, respecting the health, safety and welfare of workers, the environment, and in consideration of animal welfare issues. Without such reassurance, farmers may be denied access to markets.