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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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Where to find help – at the end of each section we have indicated where you can get extra guidance if you need it.

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:

RESIDUES AND CONTAMINANTS

PR.RC.a

Standards

Plans must be in place to minimise the use of PPPs without compromising product quality

How you will be measured

  • Specific guidance within relevant crop specific protocol has been taken into account

PR.RC.b

Standards

Consideration must be given to the impact that residue reduction plans might have

How you will be measured

  • Consideration for potential impact on:
    • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan
    • pesticide resistance strategy
    • product yield
    • product quality

PR.RC.c

Standards

Dispatched product must be tested for pesticide residues at least annually or product is included in a third party PPP residue monitoring system

How you will be measured

  • Testing completed by an accredited laboratory e.g. NAMAS or UKAS

accredited laboratory

  • Samples collected in accordance with documented applicable sampling procedure
  • Actions taken as a result of any poor residue analysis results
  • Residue levels comply with relevant MRLs
  • Residue test results and documented actions
  • Documented sampling procedure

PR.RC.d

Standards

Pesticide residue analysis results must be traceable to the producer, production site or batch

PR.RC.e

Standards

A list of current applicable MRLs must be available for the markets where product is intended to be sold and if MRLs are stricter in country where product is intended to be sold they have been taken into account during production

How you will be measured

  • Information/ lists can be obtained from:
    • customers/ buyers of products
    • confirmation that product complies with a residue screening system that meets the applicable country’s MRLs
  • MRL list