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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:

STORAGE

PR.ST.a

Standards

Storage areas must be managed and maintained in a safe hygienic condition to ensure crops stored do not become contaminated - e.g. glass, hard plastic, etc.

How you will be measured

  • Glass and hard plastics are protected from damage
  • A glass and Hard Plastic Policy/ procedure is in place which:
    • lists all glass and hard plastics in the storage area on a register
    • the register is checked monthly for accuracy
    • where glass and hard plastics cannot be covered regular checks (based on a frequency determined by the Risk Assessment) are made to ensure there is no damage
    • Sets out actions to be taken in the event of a glass breakage and who responds
  • Long- term controlled atmosphere stores are kept secure when holding crop
  • Glass and Hard Plastic Policy/ procedure
  • Glass and hard plastic register
  • Glass and hard plastic check records

PR.ST.b

Standards

Temperature and humidity of storage facilities used to store packed product must be monitored and documented to ensure correct storage conditions are maintained

How you will be measured

ALL CROP CATEGORIES

  • Optimal storage conditions and acceptable ranges are clearly defined for products being stored
  • Storage conditions are routinely monitored to ensure conditions are within acceptable range

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CAT 0, 1 & 2

  • Documented procedures that set out actions to be taken where storage conditions or product temperatures are found to be outside the acceptable range
  • All temperature monitoring equipment is routinely calibrated

ALL CROP CATEGORIES

  • Storage and product checks

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CAT 0, 1 & 2

  • Out of temperature procedures
  • Calibration records

PR.ST.c

Standards

Ingress of light must be controlled for light sensitive product being stored in longer term facilities

How you will be measured

(Revised October 2018)

  • For example, louvres are designed and constructed in order to protect the crop exposure to light when open

PR.ST.d

Standards

Stored packed product must be rotated to ensure product quality and safety

How you will be measured

  • First in, first out system in operation

PR.ST.e

Standards

Product stores must be cleaned each seasons, inspected and maintained

How you will be measured

  • Stores are part of annual maintenance and cleaning programme
  • Store maintenance records