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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:

SITE AND SOIL MANAGEMENT

PR.SM.a

Standards

Producers must have systems in place that aim to maintain soil structure and control erosion

How you will be measured

  • A Soil Protection Review or Soil Management Plan (SMP) is in place
  • Crop rotations are employed whenever possible, details recorded and retained for 3 years
  • Soil Protection Review
  • Crop rotation records

PR.SM.b

Standards

It is recommended that producers know the classification of soils on their farm and production practices are adjusted to maintain soil structure and control erosion

How you will be measured

  • Characteristics and production potential are taken into account, as is the conservation of soil organic matter

PR.SM.c

Standards

It is recommended that specific scientific tests are undertaken, where available, to ascertain pest and disease levels in the soil and to help schedule crop rotations

  • Test results

PR.SM.d

Standards

It is recommended that soil types are mapped for the farm so they can be used to plan rotations, planting and growing plans

How you will be measured

  • Map identifies soil:
    • texture
    • analysis
  • Farm Map(s)

PR.SM.e

Standards

It is recommended that soil management is discussed with advisers and relevant staff in order to ensure that cultivations are appropriate for soil type, cropping, topography, erosion risk and climate

PR.SM.f

Standards

It is recommended that your Soil Management Plan aims to minimise compaction

PR.SM.g

Standards

It is recommended that chemical fumigation of soil is avoided

How you will be measured

  • Alternatives can be used:
    • field rotation
    • planting of break crops
    • use of disease resistant cultivars
    • conversion to soil-free cultivation

PR.SM.h

Standards

Where chemical soil fumigants are used records must be kept

How you will be measured

  • Records include:
    • reason for use
    • date
    • location
    • active ingredient
    • quantity used/ dose
    • name of operator
    • machinery used/ method of application
    • pre-planting interval

PR.SM.i

Standards

Substrates (including peat and peat substitutes) must be traceable to source and not originate from designated conservation areas

How you will be measured

  • Records show substrate source technical specifications and/or analysis results
  • Substrate traceability records

PR.SM.j

Standards

Recycling of substrates must be undertaken where feasible and documented

How you will be measured

  • Where inert substrates are not recycled, the reasons are documented
  • Substrate recycling records

PR.SM.k

Standards

It is recommended that in those crop production systems where it is relevant, growth media and substrates are re-used/ sterilised, preferably by steaming

How you will be measured

  • Re-used substrate is recorded
  • Re-used substrate use records

PR.SM.l

Standards

Where chemical sterilisation of substrates is undertaken it must be recorded

How you will be measured

  • Records include:
    • name of operator
    • date
    • location
    • chemical name
    • quantity used
    • active ingredient
    • machinery used
    • method used
    • pre- planting interval
  • Chemical sterilisation records

PR.SM.m

Standards

It is recommended that substrates which contain recycled materials are used and records kept

  • Substrate use records