Alimentos Argentinos Seal
The purpose of the program “Alimentos Argentinos, una Elección Natural” (Argentine Food, a Natural Choice) is to differentiate Argentine food products through a country seal granted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.
What are the seal advantages?
It identifies quality food products and attributes attached to a national image, enabling the product’s positioning and marketing both domestically and internationally. The seal adds value to the product and responds to today’s demands from customers and consumers.
Who can obtain the certification?
This program is ideal for those Argentine producers and/or manufacturers seeking to guarantee the differential quality attributes of their food products.
This certification can be requested by any entity or company which produces or manufactures food products in the Argentine territory, and complies with the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Manufacturing (GMP) and/or the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points system (HACCP), as required by the Quality Protocol.
How is the process to obtain the Argentine Food Seal?
- The process starts when the Argentine food producer and/or manufacturer meet OIA’s representatives to introduce his/her project and verify if there is a quality protocol that adjusts to the products. If there is no protocol for a specific product, it is prepared and has to be approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MinAgri).
- After that, the producer presents the seal request at MinAgri. When the documents and information exchange is over, OIA (authorized certifier) audits the Quality Protocol to verify the compliance. OIA submits an audit report to the producer and/or manufacturer so he can present it at the MinAgri to continue with the process of obtaining the Seal.
- Finally, if no non-compliances are found, the MinAgri grants the Seal “Alimentos Argentinos, una Elección Natural” to the requesting company to be added to its products. There must be a minimum of four audits during the two-year period of the licence agreement.