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Red Tractor to bring in tighter inspection rules.

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From November farmers who fall short of Red Tractor standards will find themselves visited for on-site inspections on a much more frequent basis, as Red Tractor campaigns to strengthen its brand and show its integrity as the go to standard for farm- assured quality products. Now around 60,000 farmers undergo an annual inspection, and the data taken...
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Red Tractor Campaign

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Wouldn't it be great if more shoppers understood what Red Tractor does? Red Tractor farmers go to great lengths to ensure their food and drink is traceable, safe and farmed with care. Due to the low level of consumer knowledge Red Tractor has announced its first TV advert campaign to promote awareness. The adverts will begin on 12th September in th...
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Are you ready for the new SALSA Standard?

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As new threats arise to food production and safety, food safety certifications such as SALSA and BRC will continue to update their standards to accommodate the changing requirements for effective food safety. Considering feedback from SALSA members, auditors and mentors, as well as buyers the SALSA Standard has been revised and Issue 5, which was p...
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The benefits of SALSA Certification

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The SALSA food safety scheme has reached into all supply sectors, including dairies, butchers, bakeries, ice cream makers, jam and relish producers and crisp manufacturers. The growing demand for locally and regionally sourced products in the food industries has been driven by a wide range of factors. Pressure has come from consumer reaction to the...
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What is SALSA for Food Safety?

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The SALSA standard was designed by food safety experts with years of experience in the industry, to set out the legal requirements of producers and "best practise" for professional food buyers. SALSA approval is only granted to those who can demonstrate to a SALSA auditor that they are able to produce safe and legal food and are committed to contin...
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The Benefits of BRC Certification

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Customer Confidence. ​*  The BRC standards – supported by their adherence to the GFSI benchmarks will give retailers and customers alike, confidence in your internal food safety programme and your management of your supply chain. ​*  Improving food safety practises within your business also helps to reduce recalls, rejected products, wast...
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What is BRC Certification?

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The British Retail Consortium or BRC as it's known, is the leading trade body for UK retail producers. It has developed a set of Global standards, which is an international product safety & quality certification program used by thousands of suppliers in more than 120 countries across the globe (as of November 2016). It does not matter if you ar...
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The Press for Progress

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Today is International Women's Day 2018 with this years theme being Press for Progress, this was chosen as the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings tell us that gender parity is over 200 years away. However there is a strong global momentum and social media activism campaigns are making strong strives to pushing that goal c...
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February: Rhubarb

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  Rhubarb is a species of the Polygonaceae family, it a herbaceous perennial growing from short thick rhizomes. It's quickly becoming a fashionable addition to catering kitchens as a rich flavouring for desserts and the gin industry. Although the leaves are poisonous it's long stalks or petioles are edible with a strong, tart taste. The stalks...
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December: Brussel Sprouts

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Love them or hate them, Brussels Sprouts are a festive favourite with 4 billion being bought in the week before Christmas; costing around 30 million pounds. A bit like marmite, you either have a 'love it or hate it' response; however, if you fall into the hate camp, there may actually be a chemical and genetic reason why you can't stand the taste. ...
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Red Tractor Certification Scheme

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Many fresh produce growers will be certified to the Red Tractor Fresh Produce certification scheme. This has recently been updated with Audits from the 1st October, taking place against the new standard (Version 4). So what's the history behind the standard and what is new in the latest version. During the early 90's, British food was making the he...
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October: Beetroot

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There's more to the humble Beetroot than just being pickled. With new heirloom varieties coming onto the market, it's leaves forming the base of salads and roasted it gives a beautifully rich earthy flavour. Beetroot is full of antioxidants, carbs, potassium and folic acid; new research into its use to reduce blood pressure, reduce and cardiovascul...
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Well so much for a quite life.

Well the plan to write a regular blog hasn't gone to plan. The last couple of months have been fairly hectic writing and implementing food safety management systems for two new customers and getting other customers successfully through their Red Tractor and BRC Audits (1 AA and 1 A grade) as well as visiting fields of potatoes, cauliflowers and a t...
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From lab to quality systems......how I got here.

From an early age I found food and science engaging subjects, and it came as no surprise in future years to find myself involved in the technical side of food production. Beginning my journey working in food laboratories, my role was to test milk for brucellosis, progressing onto testing heat resistance of bacteria to cooking processes and then ont...
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Welcome to ML3 Technical

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