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The Philippines is a well-known agricultural country. Aside from its 10% contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), the agriculture sector also employed nearly 30% of the Philippines’ workforce, making it the main source of income for about 11 million Filipinos, as recorded by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Given the significance of agriculture to the country’s livelihood and economy, continuous support and development must be provided for the said industry.

And as countries aim to provide sustainable production of crops, livestock and poultry to their citizens, we at SGS have been their partners in ensuring product quality and quantity, as well as the smooth trade flow of commodities since we began as a grains inspection house in 1878.

Moving forward and staying committed in providing excellent services to our clients, SGS has established an integrated team that aims to deliver complete and sustainable solutions across the entire agriculture, food and pharmaceutical value chain.

Formed in March 2016, the Agriculture, Food and Life (AFL) division has set its vision to be the market leader, one-stop solution provider, and the number one choice for third party service provider in agriculture, food and life industry in the country.

Gearing towards its goal, the team has already started to provide innovative and formative opportunities for the industry:

  • SGS Seminar: Sampling and Testing Based on GAFTA Standards (24 November 2016) – For the first time in the country, industry stakeholders gathered to discuss wheat quality, the ASEAN agribusiness and regional trade, and sampling and testing based on GAFTA requirements. Among those present were field experts Ms. Florence Sevilla of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) and Mr. Johny Boerjan, SGS Vice President for Global Technical Governance and Service Excellence. To know more about GAFTA, click HERE.

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    L to R: Mr. Johny Boerjan, SGS Vice President for Global Technical Governance and Service Excellence from Geneva, Switzerland, receives his certificate of appreciation from SGS PH officers Jenn Pacannuayan, International Sales & Business Development Manager for Agriculture; Jose Decolongon, Business Manager for AFL; and Erika Robel, Technical Sales Specialist for Food.
  • 1st Commercial Antibiotic Residue Testing (16 September 2016) - By investing Php 20 million for an LC-MS/MS equipment, SGS PH laboratories now provide specialized quantitative testing of antibiotic residues present in food samples including seafood, meat and poultry. Very small quantities of antibiotic residue that may be undetected can now be identified and monitored due to its extremely high sensitivity level.
  • Meat and Poultry Industry Beyond Borders Forum (16 September 2016) – Industry players and experts were provided an avenue to discuss pertinent topics such as the transition of processed meat from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), importance of the Food Safety Certification, and the country’s response to antimicrobial resistance.
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    Francisco Buencamino, Executive Director of the Philippine Association of Meat Processors, Inc. (PAMPI), gives his Industry Talk at the Meat and Poultry Forum.

This 2017, AFL is set to provide our clients with relevant information that can help them craft their business solutions through our upcoming forums:

  • Hospitality Forum – Hoteliers, restaurateurs and fast-food owners are welcome to learn and discuss the latest industry trends, Food Safety Act of 2013, and the role of local government units (LGUs) in the hospitality industry.
  • Seafood Forum – A country naturally abundant in marine life and resources, the Philippines also sees a great potential in the seafood industry. Through this forum, we invite both start-up and growing businesses to know about antibiotic residue requirements, local and international regulations and results interpretation.
  • (GAFTA-based) Agriculture Forum – For the second time, we bring in our experts to update our stakeholders on the global and local grains market landscape, Philippine crop imports and updates on international standards.

We at SGS give high value to the safety and quality of the products we offer to our customers, from farm to fork. To know more about our other activities, follow us on Facebook.

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 90,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world.