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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:

RISK ASSESSMENT

PR.RA.a Key

Standards

Growers must follow good hygiene practice and manage their operations in a way that controls food safety problems (or 'hazards'). A formal risk assessment must be carried out on all crops from planting through to packing and storage and crop production processes and vehicles which are the member's responsibility for product transportation, to identify any physical, chemical allergenic or microbiological food safety risks (hazards)

How you will be measured

The scope of the Risk Assessment includes:

  • all crops being grown
  • all stages of crop production transportation of products, and inputs used in crop production
  • consideration of field location risks (risks may differ depending on field locations and local/ adjacent activities
  • all relevatn physical, chemical, microbiological Allergenice risks assessed and an hazards clearly identified
  • risk assessment reviewed routinely (min annually)
    • Further information on the Risk Assessment can be found in the relevant Appendix
  • Risk Assessment

PR.RA.b

Standards

The Risk Assessment must include a flow diagram of the production processes and identify the points in the process where specifically identified (RA.a) risks occur

How you will be measured

  • Risks qualified
  • Flow diagram has been developed for each type of production
  • Process flow diagram

PR.RA.c

Standards

Where a risk (hazard) has been identified in the Risk Assessment RA.a there must be clear preventive actions identified and implemented within the operation to mitigate or control the risk to an acceptable level and ensure that crops are food safe

How you will be measured

ALL CROP CATEGORIES

  • Preventative actions are detailed
  • Preventative actions set out who is responsible for their action
  • Preventative actions identify how to assess they are being effectively implemented

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CAT 0,1 & 2

  • The staff responsible for the preventive actions are trained to understand their importance and the actions to be taken in the event of a failure

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CAT 0 & 1

  • Actions to be taken in the even of a failure of the preventive action are documented
  • Where a preventative action has failed, the failure has been investigated, the corrective actions identified, implemented, documented and signed off by senior management

ALL CROP CATEGORIES

  • Preventative action plan

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CAT 0,1 & 2

  • Training Record

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CAT 0 & 1

  • Preventative Action Failure record

PR.RA.d

Standards

The Risk Assessment and preventative actions must be reviewed regularly and whenever processes/ products change to ensure that actions are effective/working

How you will be measured

ALL CROP CATEGORIES

  • Preventative actions are reviewed at least annually

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CAT 0, 1 & 2

  • Review includes looking at complaints and any relevant test results including microbiological testing data

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CAT 0 & 1

  • The internal audit system covers regular audits of the preventive actions to ensure they are effective/ working

ALL CROP CATEGORIES

  • Review date on the Risk Assessment (RA.a)

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CAT 0 & 1

  • Internal audit reports

PR.RA.e

Standards

Risk Assessment must be performed by suitably trained staff with a wide knowledge to ensure all aspects of the process have been thoroughly assessed

How you will be measured

ALL CROPS CATEGORIES

  • Staff completing Risk Assessment have wide knowledge of all areas of the business

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CAT 0, 1 & 2

  • The Risk Assessment lead has reveived some risk assessment training
  • Training records
  • Risk assessment meeting records