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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

Appendix – Referenced in ‘How you will be measured’. Indicates that additional information is provided in the Appendices, which are available at the end of each section.

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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:

IRRIGATION

PR.IG.a Key

Standards

Untreated sewage water must not be used

How you will be measured

  • Untreated sewage water is defined as water contaminated with human and/ or municipal waste

PR.IG.a.1

Standards

There must be a documented Water Risk Assessment which relates to crop category and covers all water used in crop production (irrigation, mixing of fertilisers and PPPs, crop and equipment washing (where appropriate))

How you will be measured

  • The Risk Assessment is into account:
    • all water used in crop production
    • all applicable microbial, chemical and physical risks
    • all sources of water used on the farm
    • any water distribution and storage facilities
  • The Water Risk Assessment have been reviewed annually
  • Water Risk Assessment

PR.IG.b

Standards

Water used in crop production (irrigation, mixing of fertiliser and PPPs, crop and equipment washing) must be tested at a frequency which is in response to the Water Risk Assessment and in line with the Water Matrix Appendix

How you will be measured

  • Microbiological testing frequency is dependent on crop category
  • Water is tested for E . Coli
  • E. coli thresholds are dependent on crop category- further information can be found in the Water Matrix Appendix
  • Growers are aware of any critical values expected by their customers

PR.IG.c

Standards

Controls and test results must be kept, regularly reviewed and any improvement action taken must be recorded for all water used in crop production (irrigation, mixing of fertiliser and PPPs, crop and equipment washing)

  • Water test results

PR.IG.d

Standards

It is recommended that analysis of irrigation water is completed by a laboratory accredited to ISO 17025 for microbiological, chemical and mineral pollutants

PR.IG.e

Standards

Crop irrigation must be based on an identified need

How you will be measured

  • The need is identified by:
    • substrate moisture measurements
    • scheduling

PR.IG.f

Standards

Records must be kept of irrigation water usage

How you will be measured

  • Primary source of each application identified
  • Volume and timing recorded
  • Irrigation records

PR.IG.g

Standards

A documented Water Management Plan must be produced and used to identify opportunities for water use efficiency and reduing waste

How you will be measured

  • Examples could include:
    • computer modelling of crop's water requirements
    • irrigating at night
    • maintenance plans to reduce possibility of leakage
    • storage of winter storm water
    • collection and re-use of some water, such as from glasshouse roofs and winter rainfall
    • water audit
  • Water Management Plan

PR.IG.h

Standards

The use of water abstracted from sustainable sources is regulated by the competent authorities and producers sourcing abstracted water must hold an appropriate licence where required

  • Abstraction Licence