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Key – Those standards which have greater significance (all other standards are normal)

Recommendation – Those which do not affect certification

New – A completely new standard which the member must now adhere to

Revised – A standard that has changed and requires the member to take some different or additional action to before

Upgraded – The standard has been upgraded to a Key standard or from a Recommendation to a full standard

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Cropping Categories Fresh Produce

Category 0
Those you can eat raw and have a significant risk or history of pathogen contamination.

Category 1
Those you can eat raw and which do not have a protective skin that is removed before eating; they may also have a significant risk or history of pathogen contamination.

Category 2
Those you can eat raw and which either have protective skin or grow clear of the ground, or that have no history of pathogen contamination.

Category 3
Those that the customer always cooks.

An up-to-date list of the crop categories can be found on the Red Tractor website.

Aim:

CROP

PR.CQ.104.a

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) Prior to planting, a soil analysis must be carried out to ascertain existing soil levels of the macronutrients P, K, Mg and pH levels

Soil analysis records

PR.CQ.104.b

Standards

Prior to use, the suitability of the water source to be used for irrigation of this crop must be established in relation to pH, bicarbonate and major and minor nutrient content

Irrigation water analysis records

PR.CQ.105.a

Standards

Growers must test the crop for methyl inorganic bromide residues where there is a known history of residues

How you will be measured

  • An analysis result from an accredited laboratory is required demonstrating residues below the mrl for any crop subsequent to inorganic bromide use
  • Historic methyl inorganic bromide residue tests
  • Current residue tests

PR.CQ.105.b

Standards

Records must be kept of the introduction of biological control agents

How you will be measured

  • Pesticide application records must include biological agents where they are registered as a pesticide
  • Records of introduction of biological control agents

PR.CQ.105.c

Standards

Historical microbial analysis of the water supply must be assessed for trends in conjunction with results obtained from microbial analysis of the resultant crop

How you will be measured

  • Historical evidence suitable for trend analysis is required
  • Microbial analysis of irrigation water and trend analysis
  • Microbial analysis of crop

PR.CQ.105.d

Standards

Growers must monitor copper content in untreated crops

How you will be measured

  • Suitable historical evidence is required
  • Copper analysis

PR.CQ.105.e

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) Growers propagating their own transplants must record pesticide applications.

How you will be measured

  • Current pesticide records are required
  • Pesticide records to be kept. Personell records must be kept for 40 years (in practice this is most likely to apply where anticholinesterase organophosphate or carbamate based compounds are used)

PR.CQ.105.f

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) Where the load is left unattended it must be covered with a plastic sheet

How you will be measured

  • Crop debris disposal may be achieved by removing off site (ensuring the load is covered)
  • Records of plastic sheet disposal

PR.CQ.105.g

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) To assist with calculation of irrigation applications the volume of run off must be measured and samples analysed

How you will be measured

  • Records must be available
  • Irrigation records and run off records plus analysis

PR.CQ.105.h

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) Routine microbiological samples of non-mains water must be undertaken

How you will be measured

  • Records must be available at a frequency determined by risk analysis
  • Water test records of pack house and irrigation water

PR.CQ.106.a

Standards

Growers must test the crop for methyl inorganic bromide residues where there is a known history of residues

How you will be measured

  • An analysis result from an accredited laboratory is required demonstrating residues below the mrl for any crop subsequent to inorganic bromide use
  • Historic methyl inorganic bromide residue tests
  • Current residue tests

PR.CQ.106.b

Standards

Records must be kept of the introduction of biological control agents

How you will be measured

  • Pesticide application records must include biological agents where they are registered as a pesticide
  • Records of introduction of biological control agents

PR.CQ.106.c

Standards

Historical microbial analysis of the water supply must be assessed for trends in conjunction with results obtained from microbial analysis of the resultant crop

How you will be measured

  • Historical evidence suitable for trend analysis is required
  • Microbial analysis of irrigation water and trend analysis
  • Microbial analysis of crop

PR.CQ.106.d

Standards

Growers must monitor copper contents in untreated crops

How you will be measured

  • Suitable historical evidence is required
  • Copper analysis

PR.CQ.106.e

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) Growers propagating their own transplants must record pesticide applications.

How you will be measured

  • Current pesticide records are required
  • Pesticide records to be kept. Personal records must be kept for 40 years (in practice this is most likely to apply where anticholinesterase organophosphate or carbamate based compounds are used)

PR.CQ.106.f

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) Where the load is left unattended it must be covered with a plastic sheet

How you will be measured

Crop debris disposal may be achieved by removing off site (ensuring the load is covered)

  • Records of plastic sheet disposal

PR.CQ.106.g

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) To assist with calculation of irrigation applications the volume of run off must be measured and samples analysed

How you will be measured

Records must be available

  • Irrigation records and run off records plus analysis

PR.CQ.106.h

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) Routine microbiological samples of non-mains water must be undertaken

How you will be measured

Records must be available at a frequency determined by risk analysis

  • Water test records of pack house and irrigation water

PR.CQ.107.a

Standards

Growers must test the crop for methyl inorganic bromide residues where there is a known history of residues

How you will be measured

  • An analysis result from an accredited laboratory is required demonstrating residues below the mrl for any crop subsequent to inorganic bromide use
  • Historic methyl inorganic bromide residue tests
  • Current residue tests

PR.CQ.107.b

Standards

Records must be kept of the introduction of biological control agents

How you will be measured

  • Pesticide application records must include biological agents where they are registered as a pesticide
  • Records of introduction of biological control agents

PR.CQ.107.c

Standards

Historical microbial analysis of the water supply must be assessed for trends in conjunction with results obtained from microbial analysis of the resultant crop

How you will be measured

  • Historical evidence suitable for trend analysis is required
  • Microbial analysis of irrigation water and trend analysis
  • Microbial analysis of crop

PR.CQ.107.d

Standards

Growers must monitor copper contents in untreated crops

How you will be measured

  • Suitable historical evidence is required
  • Copper analysis

PR.CQ.107.e

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) Growers propagating their own transplants must record pesticide applications.

How you will be measured

  • Current pesticide records are required
  • Pesticide records to be kept. Personnel records must be kept for 40 years (in practice this is most likely to apply where anticholinesterase organophosphate or carbamate based compounds are used)

PR.CQ.107.f

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) Where the load is left unattended it must be covered with a plastic sheet

How you will be measured

Crop debris disposal may be achieved by removing off site (ensuring the load is covered)

  • Records of plastic sheet disposal

PR.CQ.107.g

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) To assist with calculation of irrigation applications the volume of run off must be measured and samples analysed

How you will be measured

  • Records must be available
  • Irrigation records and run off records plus analysis

PR.CQ.107.h

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) Routine microbiological samples of non-mains water must be undertaken

How you will be measured

  • Records must be available at a frequency determined by risk analysis
  • Water test records of pack house and irrigation water

PR.CQ.19.a

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) Each batch of material for propagation (seed, seedlings and cuttings) must be randomly sampled and tested to verify it is free from microbial contamination

How you will be measured

Section 2.1 of Appendix 1 provides additional information

Microbial testing records

PR.CQ.19.b

Standards

Documentation must be available to demonstrate that a preventative approach has been employed in the production of seeds and that they have been produced in accordance with Good Agriculture Practice

Bought-in seeds: Certificate which confirms seeds have been produced in line with GAP

PR.CQ.19.c

Standards

A microbiological analysis or a Certificate of Compliance from the substrate producer must be available for each batch of material

Microbiological analysis/Certificate of Competence

PR.CQ.19.d

Standards

Records of analysis for microbial contamination of water used in propagation must be available and test results must be plotted on a graph

How you will be measured

  • Water is of high microbial quality – requirements for the quality of water are set out in Appendix 1, section 4.3 ‘Microbial Quality for water used in Watercress production’
  • Any deterioration in the quality of the water is investigated
  • Records of microbial analysis of water
  • Graph of test results
  • Records of actions taken where deterioration has been found

PR.CQ.19.e

Standards

A permit covering discharges of water to the aquatic environment must be obtained from the Environment Agency

EA permit

PR.CQ.19.f

Standards

(Updated June 1st, 2016) Procedures must be in place to check whether there is any evidence that surface water may have entered the crop

Written procedure in place

PR.CQ.19.g

Standards

(Revised June 1st, 2016) Where there is a risk of leakage from foul drains contaminating the crop, drains under the grower's control must be tested annually, and immediately if a leak is suspected.

Records of tests and any actions taken

PR.CQ.19.h

Standards

If fertilisers containing organic materials are used, a disease analysis or a certificate of compliance from the fertiliser producer must be available for each batch of material

Disease analysis/ Certificate of Compliance

PR.CQ.19.i

Standards

The Fresh Produce Standards relating irrigation must also be applied to the all the sources of water supplying the cropping beds or used for seedling propagation

PR.CQ.19.j

Standards

The water in production beds must be flowing

PR.CQ.19.k

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) Production must have impermeable sides to mitigate the risk of contaminated water entering the beds

PR.CQ.19.l

Standards

Growers must ensure that effective physical barriers are in place to prevent all livestock gaining access to production sites

PR.CQ.19.m

Standards

(Updated June 1st, 2016) Growers must ensure that effective physical barriers are in place to prevent contaminated run-off entering productions sites and cropping beds.

PR.CQ.19.n

Standards

(Revised June 1st, 2016) Measures must be in place to reduce the risk of liver fluke entering the crop.

How you will be measured

Beds are edged with concrete.

PR.CQ.19.o

Standards

Growers must have prominent notices informing the public that the farm is a food production area and that the public and animals are not permitted, and where there is public access that animals must be kept on rights of way

PR.CQ.19.p

Standards

All equipment used in the handling and packing of watercress must be rinsed with potable water after cleaning agents have been used

Cleaning records

PR.CQ.19.q

Standards

All records relating to water analysis must be kept for at least 5 years

5 years’ worth of water analysis records

PR.CQ.198.a

Standards

The previous crop must be cleaned up before its removal from the greenhouse

How you will be measured

  • If two-spotted spider mite and/or broad mite are a problem in this or the previous crop, they are treated before they enter diapause with a high volume spray of abamectin, at least twice at five day intervals
  • If aphids are present in the old crop pymetrazine is sprayed as necessary before crop removal
  • WFT is controlled during the life of the crop using biological control so that populations do not present a threat in carry-over

PR.CQ.198.b

Standards

At the end of cropping you must remove the crop, weeds and all debris and dispose of them

How you will be measured

Disposal is achieved either by removing off site (ensuring the load is covered), or burying on site and spraying the soil surface with a disinfectant

PR.CQ.198.c

Standards

Where debris is left in a skip awaiting collection it must be covered with plastic sheeting

  • Any plastic sheeting that has been used on the floor is rolled up with debris inside and recycled

PR.CQ.198.d

Standards

Inside the glasshouse, including heating pipes, irrigation lines, drip pegs, hoses, crop wires and other equipment used in the glasshouse, must be washed down and treated with disinfectant (e.g., gluteraldehyde, peroxyacetic acid, benzoic acid etc)

Cleaning records

PR.CQ.198.e

Standards

Pest activity in the empty glasshouse must be monitored. Traps must be examined regularly for pests and appropriate action taken if any are caught

How you will be measured

Before replanting trap monitoring and treatments are continued in empty glasshouses until no further pests are found

Trap monitoring records

PR.CQ.198.f

Standards

Before new plants are placed in glasshouses new traps must be hung and should be assessed and replaced regularly throughout the life of the crop

Trap monitoring records

PR.CQ.198.g

Standards

Before replanting and at regular intervals during the season you must destroy all weeds around the glasshouse

How you will be measured

Weeds are destroyed by using non-hormone herbicides of short persistence or by mowing

PR.CQ.198.h

Standards

Disinfectant foot dips must be placed at the entrance to all glasshouses and used by all on entry

How you will be measured

Use suitable disinfectant – and ensure foot dips are maintained and used

PR.CQ.198.i

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) There must be designated areas for eating/drinking/smoking which are separate to the cropping areas

How you will be measured

  • Designated areas are clearly signed
  • Cropping areas are clearly signed with ‘no eating/ drinking/ smoking’ signs

PR.CQ.198.j

Standards

The rates of introduction of biological control measures must be based on recommendations of the biological control suppliers

Records of the introduction and monitoring of biological control agents

PR.CQ.198.k

Standards

To assist in the correct calculation of irrigation, volume of run off must be measured and samples analysed for nutrient content to ensure the correct quantity of nutrients are applied

How you will be measured

Samples of nutrient solution are analysed for nutrient content at least monthly

  • Records of measurements of run-off
  • Records of nutrient content of irrigation run-off

PR.CQ.198.l

Standards

Written procedures must be in place in case of an oil spillage

How you will be measured

Adequate procedure to prevent environmental contamination

Records of oil spillages

PR.CQ.20.a

Standards

The previous crop must be cleaned up before its removal from the greenhouse

How you will be measured

(Revised June 1st, 2016)

  • If two-spotted spider mite and/or broad mite are a problem in this or the previous crop, they are treated before they enter diapause with a high volume spray of abamectin, or etoxazol, at least twice at five day intervals
  • If aphids are present in the old crop pymetrazine is sprayed as necessary before crop removal
  • WFT is controlled during the life of the crop using biological control so that populations do not present a threat in carry-over

PR.CQ.20.b

Standards

At the end of cropping you must remove the crop, weeds and all debris and dispose of them

How you will be measured

Disposal is achieved either by removing off site (ensuring the load is covered), or burying on site and spraying the soil surface with a disinfectant

PR.CQ.20.c

Standards

Where debris is left in a skip awaiting collection it must be covered with plastic sheeting

How you will be measured

Any plastic sheeting that has been used on the floor is rolled up with debris inside and recycled

PR.CQ.20.d

Standards

Inside the glasshouse, including heating pipes, irrigation lines, drip pegs, hoses, crop wires and other equipment used in the glasshouse, must be washed down and treated with disinfectant (e.g., gluteraldehyde, peroxyacetic acid, benzoic acid etc)

Cleaning records

PR.CQ.20.e

Standards

Pest activity in the empty glasshouse must be monitored. Traps must be examined regularly for pests and appropriate action taken if any are caught

How you will be measured

Before replanting trap monitoring and treatments are continued in empty glasshouses until no further pests are found

Trap monitoring records

PR.CQ.20.f

Standards

Before new plants are placed in glasshouses new traps must be hung and should be assessed and replaced regularly throughout the life of the crop

Trap monitoring records

PR.CQ.20.g

Standards

Before replanting and at regular intervals during the season you must destroy all weeds around the glasshouse

How you will be measured

Weeds are destroyed by using non-hormone herbicides of short persistence or by mowing

PR.CQ.20.h

Standards

Disinfectant foot dips must be placed at the entrance to all glasshouses and used by all on entry

How you will be measured

Use suitable disinfectant – and ensure foot dips are maintained and used

PR.CQ.20.i

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) There must be designated areas for eating/ drinking/ smoking which are separate to the cropping areas

How you will be measured

  • Designated areas are clearly signed • Cropping areas are clearly signed with ‘no eating/ drinking/ smoking’ signs

PR.CQ.20.j

Standards

The rates of introduction of biological control measures must be based on recommendations of the biological control suppliers

Records of the introduction and monitoring of biological control agents

PR.CQ.20.k

Standards

To assist in the correct calculation of irrigation, volume of run off must be measured and samples analysed for nutrient content to ensure the correct quantity of nutrients are applied

How you will be measured

Samples of nutrient solution are analysed for nutrient content at least monthly

  • Records of measurements of run-off
  • Records of nutrient content of irrigation run-off

PR.CQ.20.l

Standards

Written procedures must be in place in case of an oil spillage

How you will be measured

Adequate procedure to prevent environmental contamination

Records of oil spillages

PR.CQ.22.a

Standards

(Updated June 1st, 2016) If gypsums are used as composters care must be taken to ensure that they do not contain heavy metals or any other contaminants by obtaining an analysis from the supplier

Gypsum analysis

PR.CQ.22.b

Standards

Run-off from compost yards may be heavily contaminated with organic matter and therefore all water run-off from compost yards and areas where compost is handled must be contained for recycling

PR.CQ.22.c

Standards

Post-harvest mushrooms must be analysed routinely for contamination with E-coli, Salmonella and for chemical residues

  • Mushroom testing results
  • Testing schedule

PR.CQ.22.d

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) There must be designated areas for eating/ drinking/ smoking which are separate to the cropping areas

How you will be measured

  • Designated areas are clearly signed
  • Cropping areas are clearly signed with ‘no eating/ drinking/ smoking’ signs

PR.CQ.22.e

Standards

There must be written procedures for the management and recording of incidents involving spillages and glass breakages

Written procedures for spillages and glass breakages

PR.CQ.22.f

Standards

Only potable water must be used for irrigation

PR.CQ.22.g

Standards

(New June 1st, 2016) The tanks must be adequately aerated or agitated with suitable pumping or mechanical systems.

PR.CQ.23.a

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) There must be designated areas for eating/drinking/smoking which are separate to the cropping areas

How you will be measured

  • Designated areas are clearly signed
  • Cropping areas are clearly signed with ‘no eating/ drinking/ smoking’ signs

PR.CQ.23.b

Standards

Written procedures must be in place in case of an oil spillage

How you will be measured

Adequate procedure to prevent environmental contamination

Records of oil spillages

PR.CQ.23.c

Standards

Steps must be taken to minimise nutrient run off into soil and water courses

  • Records of irrigation volume and drain volume
  • Run-off sample analysis records

PR.CQ.24.a

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) There must be designated areas for eating/drinking/smoking which are separate to the cropping areas

How you will be measured

  • Designated areas are clearly signed
  • Cropping areas are clearly signed with ‘no eating/ drinking/ smoking’ signs

PR.CQ.24.b

Standards

Slug pellets must not be broadcast over the crop

PR.CQ.24.c

Standards

Liquid feeds must not be applied within 14 days of harvest

Fertiliser/ soil improvement product application records

PR.CQ.24.d

Standards

Growers must monitor nitrate levels in their lettuce on a regular basis

How you will be measured

The following is detailed in the records:

  • Soil analysis results of the twice-yearly sampling, together with date and location
  • Date of nitrogen fertiliser applications per crop, to include base and liquid feed. The type and total nitrogen content of fertiliser should be recorded together with application rate
  • Date of any application of organic manure or soil conditioner
  • Date of planting and variety together with date of harvest
  • Previous crops grown
  • Date and time of taking plant samples
  • Results of sample analysis and name of laboratory/analyst performing the analysis

Nitrate level monitoring records

PR.CQ.26.a

Standards

Each pocket or bale must be correctly labelled or marked

How you will be measured

It is possible to trace the following for each bale or pocket of Hops:

  • Variety & field name (permitting reference to the record of pesticide applications)
  • harvest date
  • kiln or oast number (if appropriate) time & date of drying
  • weight of pocket or bale (and from which core samples were taken)
  • date put into storage or dispatched

Hop pocket/ bale traceability records

PR.CQ.26.b

Standards

Hop picking and cleaning machines, and conveyors of both green and dried hops, are cleaned before harvest each season and that this is recorded

Cleaning records for picking/ cleaning/ conveying machines

PR.CQ.26.c

Standards

Smoking must not occur inside the buildings where hops are being dried, conditioned, pressed and stored

PR.CQ.26.d

Standards

Kiln burners must be checked annually and serviced to prevent fuel aerosols from fouling the crop

Kiln burner service records

PR.CQ.27.a

Standards

Where slug pellets are used, controls must be in place to prevent them being taken up into the harvester

How you will be measured

Application timing with regards to harvest date

Application dates and harvest dates

PR.CQ.27.b

Standards

Nitrate levels in the soil must be analysed

How you will be measured

  • Testing of the soil is carried out between January and March
  • The test should be carried out to a depth of between 0 and 30cm
  • For crops grown outside January to March nitrogen levels in the soil should be estimated using the following data:
    • Jan – March test results
    • amount of fertiliser applied to previous crop
    • rainfall
    • crop off take of Nitrogen
    • preceding cropping (particularly amount of ploughed-in crop debris)
  • Soil analysis results linked to date and location
  • Soil nitrogen reserve estimates

PR.CQ.27.c

Standards

(Updated June 1st, 2016) Nitrogen must not be applied late in the crop life.

How you will be measured

Late top-dressing or side injection is not undertaken

Planting and application dates

PR.CQ.27.d

Standards

(Updated June 1st, 2016) Nitrate levels in spinach must be monitored

How you will be measured

  • Samples taken immediately prior to harvest
  • Samples taken from each field
  • Samples made up of an aggregate of at least 10 plants by walking a W pattern across the sample area
  • Testing is undertaken at lab which participates in FAPAS
  • Testing method is based on hot water extraction (BS EN12014-2/1997)
  • Test results are compared to the EU maximum nitrate levels allowed in spinach"
  • Dates and times when samples taken
  • Weather conditions on days prior to sampling
  • Test results
  • Lab details

PR.CQ.27.e

Standards

(Updated June 1st, 2016) The interval between harvest and dispatch must be no longer than 48 hours in order that water loss does not occur to the extent which concentrates nitrate content

How you will be measured

Harvest time records compared to dispatch timing records

  • Harvest records
  • Delivery/collection records

PR.CQ.28.a

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) Soil type and crop load, in conjunction with soil and leaf analysis must be considered before the application of fertiliser

Soil and/ or leaf analysis records

PR.CQ.31.a

Standards

Prior to planting, a soil analysis must be carried out to ascertain existing soil levels of the macronutrients P, K, Mg and pH levels

Soil analysis records

PR.CQ.31.b

Standards

The composition of composted green waste, organic manures or composts applied to the soil pre-planting, particularly pH and nutrient status, must be determined before use

How you will be measured

Existing soil nutrient levels are taken into consideration before use

Composted green waste/ organic manures/ compost analysis records

PR.CQ.31.c

Standards

In order to design a suitable fertigation programme to use for in-substrategrown crops, the water used for irrigation must be analysed

Irrigation water analysis records

PR.CQ.31.d

Standards

Irrigation requirements must be planned using soil moisture monitoring devices such as a neutron probe or tensiometer or a scheduling system

Irrigation records

PR.CQ.31.e

Standards

To avoid fruit contamination during transit from the field to the pack house or cold store, it must be transported within an enclosed vehicle or trailer

Field to pack house or cold store transport and handling module

PR.CQ.31.f

Standards

(Deleted) To avoid fruit contamination during transit from the field to the pack house or cold store, it must be transported within an enclosed vehicle or trailer

PR.CQ.33.a

Standards

Soil nutrient levels must be monitored prior to cropping to determine optimal fertiliser usage

How you will be measured

Analysis for phosphate, potash, magnesium and pH is especially important if fertiliser usage is to be optimised

Soil sampling records

PR.CQ.35.a

Standards

(Updated June 1st, 2016) Plastics and fleece materials must be recycled if possible

How you will be measured

Where recycling is not possible plastics and fleece are disposed of in line with EC.c

Waste and Recycling Management Plan

PR.CQ.35.b

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) Test baiting for slugs must be carried out in order to establish population levels and to ascertain whether baiting is necessary

PR.CQ.35.c

Standards

All applications of phosphate, potash and magnesium must be applied according to the soil sampling and analysis results

How you will be measured

Typical fertiliser recommenda-tions are given in Appendix 1 of the field lettuce module

  • Soil sampling and analysis records
  • Phosphate, potash and magnesium application records

PR.CQ.35.d

Standards

Growers must monitor nitrate levels in their lettuce on a regular basis

How you will be measured

See Appendix 1 of the field
lettuce module for further de-tails

Nitrate level monitoring records

PR.CQ.36.a

Standards

(Deleted 1st June, 2016) Records must be kept of any PPP applications or treatment given to bought-in plants

Records of PPP applications or treatments given to bought-in plants

PR.CQ.36.b

Standards

(Deleted 1st June, 2016) Glasshouses must have appropriate "No smoking/No food" signs

PR.CQ.36.c

Standards

(Deleted 1st June, 2016) Staff must be provided with clearly defined areas to eat and drink

PR.CQ.36.d

Standards

There must be written procedures within glasshouses for the management and recording of incidents involving heating oil spillages

  • Written procedures for heating oil spillages

PR.CQ.37.a

Standards

If S-metolachlor is used it must be applied before the 31st May

PPP application records

PR.CQ.37.b

Standards

High levels of hygiene and separation must be relied upon for minimising pest and disease problems in forced chicory

How you will be measured

  • Trays are washed thoroughly
  • Basins and all growing systems are cleaned with sodium hypochlorite solutions between forcing batches of Chicory roots

Cleaning records

PR.CQ.37.c

Standards

Where calcium nitrate and trace elements are added to the hydroponic solution electrical conductivity levels must be constantly monitored to minimise overdosing

How you will be measured

Conductivity of around 1.4-2.0 is normal

Electrical conductivity monitoring records

PR.CQ.37.d

Standards

Where pH levels are being modified, levels must be constantly monitored

  • pH level monitoring records

PR.CQ.37.e

Standards

Macro and micronutrient needs must be tested by assessing samples of soil or leaf tissue

How you will be measured

A table can be found in the chicory module that indicates which nutrients are best determined with a soil analysis and which are best determined by leaf tissue assessment

Soil/ leaf tissue testing records

PR.CQ.37.f

Standards

Soil nitrate sampling and testing must be undertaken

  • Soil nitrate testing records

PR.CQ.37.g

Standards

There must be adequate provision made for the removal of any free soil during storage

PR.CQ.37.h

Standards

Temperatures must be reduced as quickly as possible in refrigerated stores and therefore adequate refrigeration capacity is needed

How you will be measured

Initially the newly stored crop is respiring at a high rate so extreme caution is taken when entering sealed stores as oxygen levels may be seriously depleted

Store temperature records

PR.CQ.37.i

Standards

A system must be in place to maintain turgidity of the roots and minimise water loss

How you will be measured

This can include:

  • good insulation
  • low temperature differentials on the evaporators in cold store
  • adding humidification to the store by fogging or introducing water
  • drenching boxes
  • dipping roots in water tanks

PR.CQ.38.a

Standards

Growers must be familiar with MRLs for each of the herbs they are growing

How you will be measured

Page 18 of this module provides guidance to sources of current lists that need to be available on farm. Complementary evidence prior to spray applications to specific Herbs is also available

MRL details

PR.CQ.39.a

Standards

A written record of any calculations made for PPP applications carried out must be kept for future reference

PPP calculation records

PR.CQ.39.b

Standards

The composition of composted green waste, organic manures or composts applied to the soil pre-planting , particularly pH and nutrient status, must be determined before it is used. The amounts applied must also take into consideration the nutrient levels existing in the soil and the risks that use may pose as regards exceedance of nitrogen or excessive usage of phosphorus

How you will be measured

The amounts applied take into consideration the nutrient levels existing in the soil and the risks that use may pose as regards exceedance of nitrogen or excessive usage of phosphorus

Composted green waste analysis records

PR.CQ.39.c

Standards

Prior to planting, a soil analysis must be carried out to ascertain existing soil levels of the macronutrients P, K, Mg and pH levels

How you will be measured

Suitable fertilisers are then incorporated into the soil

Soil analysis records

PR.CQ.39.d

Standards

In order to design a suitable fertigation programme to use for in-substrate grown crops the water used for irrigation must be analysed

Irrigation water analysis records

PR.CQ.39.e

Standards

Irrigation requirements must be planned using soil moisture monitoring devices such as a neutron probe or tensiometer or a scheduling system

Irrigation records

PR.CQ.39.f

Standards

To avoid fruit contamination during transit from the field to the pack house or cold store, it must be transported within an enclosed vehicle or trailer

Field to pack house or cold store transport & handling protocol

PR.CQ.42.a

Standards

The asparagus washing area must be separated from the packing area so that clean and dirty areas are distinct

PR.CQ.44.a

Standards

Water used for final washing must be tested for potability annually

Certificate of potability

PR.CQ.44.b

Standards

There must be a policy in place which details the requirements for cleaning and conserving water used for washing

Washing water cleaning and conservation policy

PR.CQ.45.a

Standards

(Revised 1st June, 2016) Soil and plant debris including sweepings must be disposed of appropriately.

How you will be measured

  • Sweepings are taken to a quarantine area
  • Sweepings are not spilt onto land which will be used for crop production
  • Particular care is taken with debris from crops grown off farm where disease levels may not be known

PR.CQ.45.b

Standards

The grading area must be separated from any processing area so that clean and dirty areas are distinct

PR.CQ.45.c

Standards

All roots to be marketed must be inspected on a well-lit belt or roller table where defective roots can be removed from the sample

PR.CQ.46.a

Standards

All soils must be sampled before each cropping season and analysed for major elements such as phosphate, potash and magnesium

How you will be measured

Typical nutrition requirements are given in Appendix 1 of the radish module

Records of analysis

PR.CQ.46.b

Standards

The pH of each field must be established prior to drilling

Field pH test records

PR.CQ.47.a

Standards

Where metaldehyde is used the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group Best Practice Guidelines must be followed

How you will be measured

  • Minimum active per ha is used to avoid drainage and runoff losses
  • Maximum application rate 210g metaldehyde a.s/ha* For additional protection of water, suppliers/BASIS advisors may recommend rates reduced to 160g a.s/ha or less*
  • Maximum total dose from 1st August to 31st December: 210g metaldehyde a.s/ha* For additional protection of water, suppliers/ BASIS advisors may recommend rates reduced to 160g a.s/ha or less*
  • Maximum total dose rate: 700g metaldehyde a.s/ha/calendar year*
  • No pellets are applied within 6 metres of a watercourse
  • No applications made when heavy rain is forecast
  • If drains are flowing there is no application of metaldehyde based slug pellets

*from any combination of metaldehyde products. 700g is also the statutory limit.
a.s.: active substance (or active ingredient)

  • Farm map showing areads of high pollution risk.
  • Metaldehyde application records.

PR.CQ.47.b

Standards

Haulm growth on potato dumps must be destroyed with chemical desiccant or contained with black plastic sheeting

How you will be measured

Potato dumps are free of green potato growth

Diary note confirming when dumps were inspected and/or growth treated.

PR.CQ.47.c

Standards

Potato blight spray programmes must use the minimum number of sprays necessary for good blight control

How you will be measured

Blight sprays are applied according to crop risk (weather conditions, disease in the locality, stage of crop growth)

  • Records of stage of crop growth
  • Local blight records e.g. DSS systems or Pot Council “Blight watch” records

PR.CQ.47.d

Standards

(Revised June 1st, 2016) Storage must be planned to ensure that as far as possible only those crops that need to be CIPC treated are and that similar crops are stored in the same building.

How you will be measured

Crops are segregated by dormancy characteristics, variety and duration of storage

Store plans showing varieties & unloading dates

PR.CQ.47.e

Standards

A list of all the stores (owned and/or rented) where CIPC is used must be held

List of stores where CIPC has been used

PR.CQ.47.f

Standards

CIPC treated buildings must be clearly labelled with a permanent notice indicating CIPC has been used

How you will be measured

Prevent CIPC contamination of crops other than ware potatoes by restricting the store to ware potatoes only

(Revised June 1st, 2016)
Hard backed sign screwed or bolted to the building

PR.CQ.47.g

Standards

Each store must have a signed and satisfactorily completed CIPC Store Checklist accompanying the last CIPC application

How you will be measured

Potato stores are in the appropriate state of repair

Completed CIPC Store Checklist(s) for each store & each CIPC application

PR.CQ.47.h

Standards

(Revised June 1st, 2016) Completed CIPC Store Checklist(s) and BASIS advisers recommendation sheets must be made available to the person who is making the CIPC application

How you will be measured

  • Crops stored below 50C are treated once only and before they are cooled below 70C
  • For the maximum application rate of CIPC on fresh and processing crops see the up to date information on www.cipccompliant.co.uk
  • Advisers recommendation record for each CIPC application

PR.CQ.47.i

Standards

(New June 1st, 2016) Annual pre-storage perimeter glass checks must be carried out for potato stores and chitting houses.

  • Pre-storage glass and hard plastic check records

PR.CQ.47.j

Standards

(New June 1st, 2016) Stores must be secured when holding crop

PR.CQ.48.a

Standards

Weeds must be controlled to prevent yield loss and ensure ease of picking

How you will be measured

  • Perennial grasses are eradicated with an application of glyphosate in autumn before sowing peas
  • Weeds that have not been eliminated by cultivations are killed, prior to sowing, with non-selective herbicides (e.g. glyphosate)

PR.CQ.48.b

Standards

Growers must adopt a policy for reducing volunteer problems for oilseed rape and potatoes

How you will be measured

Potatoes are not ploughed down after the harvest, as this aids their survival. Potatoes left on or near the surface are likely to be affected by frosts or eaten by animals

PR.CQ.49.a

Standards

Weeds must be controlled to prevent yield loss and avoid difficulties with the machine harvester

How you will be measured

  • Perennial grasses are eradicated with an application of glyphosate in autumn before sowing peas
  • Weeds that have not been eliminated by cultivations are killed, prior to sowing, with non-selective herbicides (e.g. glyphosate)

PR.CQ.49.b

Standards

Growers must adopt a policy for reducing volunteer problems for oilseed rape and potatoes

How you will be measured

Potatoes are not ploughed down after the harvest, as this aids their survival. Potatoes left on or near the surface are likely to be affected by frosts or eaten by animals

PR.CQ.50.a

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) Fertiliser application must be in accordance with crop need and soil reserves

How you will be measured

  • Prior to cropping field nutrient status is determined by sampling and analysis
  • Analysis is carried out for each field

Field nutrient analysis records

PR.CQ.50.b

Standards

The washing area must be separated from the packing area so that clean and dirty areas are distinct

PR.CQ.50.c

Standards

There must be a policy in place which details the requirements for cleaning and conserving water used for washing

Washing water cleaning and conservation policy

PR.CQ.50.d

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) Waste water disposal must not contaminate watercourses

PR.CQ.51.a

Standards

Weeds must be controlled to prevent yield loss and avoid difficulties with the machine harvester

PR.CQ.51.b

Standards

Growers must adopt a policy for reducing volunteer problems for oilseed rape and potatoes

How you will be measured

Potatoes are not ploughed down after the harvest, as this aids their survival. Potatoes left on or near the surface are likely to be affected by frosts or eaten by animals

PR.CQ.52.a

Standards

Waste trailers must be sheeted at all times when in transit

PR.CQ.52.b

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) Stores must be cleaned before onions are stored in bulk

Store cleaning records

PR.CQ.53.a

Standards

Weeds must be controlled to prevent yield loss and ensure ease of picking

PR.CQ.53.b

Standards

Growers must adopt a policy for reducing volunteer problems for oilseed rape and potatoes

How you will be measured

Potatoes are not ploughed down after the harvest, as this aids their survival. Potatoes left on or near the surface are likely to be affected by frosts or eaten by animals

PR.CQ.54.a

Standards

(Revised 1st June, 2016) Nitrogen availability should be tested in the growing season either by soil testing or leaf testing.

How you will be measured

Table in the Celeriac protocol text provides further information

Soil/ leaf tissue testing results

PR.CQ.54.b

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) Soil nitrates must be monitored in the growing season

Soil nitrate monitoring records

PR.CQ.56.a

Standards

Continuous production of brassicas can be achieved without detriment to crop quality but in such cases growers must be able to justify their rotation

How you will be measured

The following has been considered:

  • crop health
  • avoidance of disease carry over by incorporating post-harvest residues quickly and efficiently
  • satisfactory record of pH levels and liming policy
  • Records of pH levels
  • Liming policy

PR.CQ.56.b

Standards

Nutrients must be applied according to soil analysis

  • Soil analysis results
  • Fertiliser/nutrient application records

PR.CQ.56.c

Standards

Once cooled, cauliflower must be held at the target temperature, even in holding stores

How you will be measured

A minimum of 6°C in 12 hours

  • Store temperature records

PR.CQ.57.a

Standards

Crops must be rotated

How you will be measured

When planning rotations the following has been taken into account:

  • parsnips, celery and umbelliferous herbs such as parsley also encourage many of the same pests and diseases as carrots
  • sugar beet and potatoes are important hosts to Violet Root Rot

Crop rotation records

PR.CQ.57.b

Standards

All stored crops (field or cool store) must be monitored regularly

How you will be measured

If any storage problems are identified appropriate action is taken to reduce potential crop wastage

(Revised June 1st, 2016)

  • Cool store temperature records
  • Field store quality monitoring records

PR.CQ.58.a

Standards

Continuous production of brassicas can be achieved without detriment to crop quality. In such cases growers must be able to justify their rotation.

How you will be measured

The following has been considered:

  • crop health
  • avoidance of disease carry over by incorporating post-harvest residues quickly and efficiently
  • satisfactory record of pH levels and liming policy
  • Records of pH levels
  • Liming policy

PR.CQ.59.a

Standards

Continuous production of brassicas can be achieved without detriment to crop quality but in such cases growers must be able to justify their rotation

How you will be measured

The following has been considered:

  • crop health
  • avoidance of disease carry over by incorporating post-harvest residues quickly and efficiently
  • satisfactory record of pH levels and liming policy
  • Records of pH levels
  • Liming policy

PR.CQ.59.b

Standards

Nutrients must be applied according to soil analysis

  • Soil analysis results
  • Fertiliser/ nutrient application records

PR.CQ.59.c

Standards

Once cooled, brussels sprouts must be held at the target temperature, even in holding stores

How you will be measured

A minimum of 1-2°C in 12 hours

  • Store temperature records

PR.CQ.60.a

Standards

(Updated June 1st, 2016) Insecticides used to treat blocks/modules for the control of Cabbage Root Fly which will be planted out before April 1st MUST have an approval for application at this timing.

PPP application records

PR.CQ.60.b

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) Nutrients must be applied according to soil analysis

  • Soil analysis results
  • Fertiliser/Nutrient application records

PR.CQ.60.c

Standards

Once cooled broccoli must be held at the target temperature, even in holding stores

How you will be measured

A minimum of 6°C in 12 hours

  • Store temperature records

PR.CQ.61.a

Standards

Weeds must be controlled to prevent yield loss and ensure ease of picking

How you will be measured

  • Perennial grasses are eradicated with an application of glyphosate in autumn before sowing broad beans
  • Weeds that have not been eliminated by cultivations are killed, prior to sowing, with non-selective herbicides (e.g. glyphosate)

PR.CQ.61.b

Standards

Growers must adopt a policy for reducing volunteer problems for oilseed rape and potatoes

How you will be measured

Potatoes are not ploughed down after the harvest, as this aids their survival. Potatoes left on or near the surface are likely to be affected by frosts or eaten by animals

PR.CQ.62.a

Standards

Weeds must be controlled to prevent yield loss and ensure ease of picking

How you will be measured

  • Perennial grasses are eradicated with an application of glyphosate in autumn before sowing broad beans • Weeds that have not been eliminated by cultivations are killed, prior to sowing, with non-selective herbicides (e.g. glyphosate)

PR.CQ.62.b

Standards

Growers must adopt a policy for reducing volunteer problems for oilseed rape and potatoes

How you will be measured

Potatoes are not ploughed down after the harvest, as this aids their survival. Potatoes left on or near the surface are likely to be affected by frosts or eaten by animals

PR.CQ.65.a

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) There must be designated areas for eating/drinking/smoking which are separate to the cropping areas

How you will be measured

  • Designated areas are clearly signed
  • Cropping areas are clearly signed with ‘no eating/ drinking/ smoking’ signs

PR.CQ.65.b

Standards

Records must be kept of introduction of biological control agents

Biological control introduction records

PR.CQ.65.c

Standards

Steps must be taken to minimise nutrient run off into soil and water courses

How you will be measured

Feed tanks should be bunded to reduce leakage

  • Records of volume of run-off
  • Run-off sample analysis records

PR.CQ.65.d

Standards

Written procedures must be in place in case of an oil spillage

How you will be measured

Adequate procedure to prevent environmental contamination

Records of oil spillages

PR.CQ.67.a

Standards

Water used for final washing must be tested for potability annually

Certificate of potability

PR.CQ.67.b

Standards

There must be a policy in place which details the requirements for cleaning and conserving water used for washing

Washing water cleaning and conservation policy

PR.CQ.68.a

Standards

Water used for final washing must be tested for potability annually

Certificate of potability

PR.CQ.68.b

Standards

There must be a policy in place which details the requirements for cleaning and conserving water used for washing

Washing water cleaning and conservation policy

PR.CQ.69.a

Standards

The previous crop must be cleaned up before its removal from the greenhouse

How you will be measured

  • If two-spotted spider mite and/or broad mite are a problem in this or the previous crop, they are treated before they enter diapause with a high volume spray of abamectin, at least twice at five day intervals
  • If aphids are present in the old crop pymetrozine is sprayed as necessary before crop removal
  • WFT is controlled during the life of the crop using biological control so that populations do not present a threat in carry-over

PR.CQ.69.b

Standards

At the end of cropping you must remove the crop, weeds and all debris and dispose of them

How you will be measured

Disposal is achieved either by removing off site (ensuring the load is covered), or burying on site and spraying the soil surface with a disinfectant

PR.CQ.69.c

Standards

Where debris is left in a skip awaiting collection it must be covered with plastic sheeting

How you will be measured

Any plastic sheeting that has been used on the floor is rolled up with debris inside and recycled

PR.CQ.69.d

Standards

Inside the glasshouse, including heating pipes, irrigation lines, drip pegs, hoses, crop wires and other equipment used in the glasshouse, must be washed down and treated with disinfectant (e.g., gluteraldehyde, peroxyacetic acid, benzoic acid etc)

Cleaning records

PR.CQ.69.e

Standards

Pest activity in the empty glasshouse must be monitored. Traps must be examined regularly for pests and appropriate action taken if any are caught

How you will be measured

Before replanting trap monitoring and treatments are continued in empty glasshouses until no further pests are found

Trap monitoring records

PR.CQ.69.f

Standards

Before new plants are placed in glasshouses new traps must be hung and should be assessed and replaced regularly throughout the life of the crop

Trap monitoring records

PR.CQ.69.g

Standards

Before replanting and at regular intervals during the season you must destroy all weeds around the glasshouse

How you will be measured

Weeds are destroyed by using non-hormone herbicides of short persistence or by mowing

PR.CQ.69.h

Standards

Disinfectant foot dips must be placed at the entrance to all glasshouses and used by all on entry

How you will be measured

Use suitable disinfectant – and ensure foot dips are maintained and used

PR.CQ.69.i

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) There must be designated areas for eating /drinking/smoking which are separate to the cropping areas

How you will be measured

  • Designated areas are clearly signed
  • Cropping areas are clearly signed with ‘no eating / drinking / smoking’ signs

PR.CQ.69.j

Standards

The rates of introduction of biological control measures must be based on recommendations of the biological control suppliers

Records of the introduction and monitoring of biological control agents

PR.CQ.69.k

Standards

To assist in the correct calculation of irrigation, volume of run off must be measured and samples analysed for nutrient content to ensure the correct quantity of nutrients are applied

How you will be measured

Samples of nutrient solution are analysed for nutrient content at least monthly

(Revised June 1st, 2016)

  • Records of measurements of run-off

PR.CQ.69.l

Standards

Written procedures must be in place in case of an oil spillage

How you will be measured

Adequate procedure to prevent environmental contamination

(Revised June 1st, 2016)
Records of oil spillages

PR.CQ.70.a

Standards

(Deleted June 1st, 2016) There must be designated areas for eating/drinking/smoking which are separate to the cropping areas

How you will be measured

  • Designated areas are clearly signed
  • Cropping areas are clearly signed with ‘no eating/ drinking/ smoking’ signs

PR.CQ.70.b

Standards

Records must be kept of introduction of biological control agents

Biological control introduction records

PR.CQ.70.c

Standards

Written procedures must be in place in case of an oil spillage

How you will be measured

Adequate procedure to prevent environmental contamination

Records of oil spillages

PR.CQ.84.a

Standards

Growers must test the crop for methyl inorganic bromide residues where there is a known history of residues

  • Historic methyl inorganic bromide residue tests
  • Current residue tests

PR.CQ.84.b

Standards

Records must be kept of the introduction of biological control agents

Records of introduction of biological control agents

PR.CQ.84.c

Standards

Historical microbial analysis of the water supply must be assessed for trends in conjunction with results obtained from microbial analysis of the resultant crop

  • Microbial analysis of irrigation water and trend analysis
  • Microbial analysis of crop

PR.CQ.84.d

Standards

Growers must monitor copper contents in untreated crops

Copper analysis

PR.CQ.84.e

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) Growers propagating their own transplants must record pesticide applications.

How you will be measured

Crop protection records

  • Pesticide records to be kept. Personnel records must be kept for 40 years (in practice this is most likely to apply where anticholinesterase organophosphate or carbamate based compounds are used).
  • Crop protection record (where organophosphate or carbarnate based compounds are used). • Crop protection records.

PR.CQ.84.f

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) Barrier materials, especially temporary crop covers must be disposed of in accordance with waste disposal regulations. Consideration must be given to disposal of pesticide contaminated temporary crop covers/barrier materials.

How you will be measured

Waste transfer notices may be applicable

Records of disposal

PR.CQ.85.a

Standards

Growers must test the crop for methyl inorganic bromide residues where there is a known history of residues

  • Historic methyl inorganic bromide residue tests
  • Current residue tests

PR.CQ.85.b

Standards

Records must be kept of the introduction of biological control agents

Records of introduction of biological control agents

PR.CQ.85.c

Standards

Historical microbial analysis of the water supply must be assessed for trends in conjunction with results obtained from microbial analysis of the resultant crop

  • Microbial analysis of irrigation water and trend analysis
  • Microbial analysis of crop

PR.CQ.85.d

Standards

Growers must monitor copper contents in untreated crops

Copper analysis

PR.CQ.85.e

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) Growers propagating their own transplants must record pesticide applications.

How you will be measured

Crop protection records

  • Pesticide records to be kept. Personnel records must be kept for 40 years (in practice this is most likely to apply where anticholinesterase organophosphate or carbamate based compounds are used).
  • Crop protection record (where organophosphate or carbarnate based compounds are used). • Crop protection records.

PR.CQ.85.f

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) Barrier materials, especially temporary crop covers must be disposed of in accordance with waste disposal regulations. Consideration must be given to disposal of pesticide contaminated temporary crop covers/barrier materials.

How you will be measured

Waste transfer notices may be applicable

Records of disposal

PR.CQ.86.a

Standards

Growers must test the crop for methyl inorganic bromide residues where there is a known history of residues

  • Historic methyl inorganic residue tests
  • Current residue tests

PR.CQ.86.b

Standards

Records must be kept of the introduction of biological control agents

Records of introduction of biological control agents

PR.CQ.86.c

Standards

Historical microbial analysis of the water supply must be assessed for trends in conjunction with results obtained from microbial analysis of the resultant crop

  • Microbial analysis of irrigation water and trend analysis
  • Microbial analysis of crop

PR.CQ.86.d

Standards

Growers must monitor copper contents in untreated crops

  • Copper analysis

PR.CQ.86.e

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) Growers propagating their own transplants must record pesticide applications.

How you will be measured

Crop protection records

  • Pesticide records to be kept. Personnel records must be kept for 40 years (in practice this is most likely to apply where anticholinesterase organophosphate or carbamate based compounds are used).
  • Crop protection record (where organophosphate or carbarnate based compounds are used). • Crop protection records.

PR.CQ.86.f

Standards

(New 1st June, 2016) Barrier materials, especially temporary crop covers must be disposed of in accordance with waste disposal regulations. Consideration must be given to disposal of pesticide contaminated temporary crop covers/barrier materials.

How you will be measured

Waste transfer notices may be applicable

  • Records of disposal
  • Record of nutrient content of irrigation run-off