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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.





It is recommended that producers adhere to the requirements of the NFU/ British Summer Fruits Association Code of Practice for the Use of Polytunnels for the Production of Soft Fruit

How you will be measured

  • Polytunnels are not sited within 30m of the boundary of the nearest residential dwelling, unless as a result of prior agreement with the neighbour concerned
  • All reasonably practical steps have been taken, using tree or hedge planting, to mitigate the visual impact of polytunnels from the immediate view of neighbouring residential dwellings
  • Reasonably practical steps have been taken to minimise noise in early morning (before 7am) or late evening (after 8pm)
  • Growers store unused polythene away from public view
  • Polythene covering the frames of a polytunnel is removed for a minimum period of six months in any calendar year
  • Where polytunnels are removed from a site, the growers remove the polythene from the hoops within one month of the completion of cropping, unless to do so would cause damage to the soil because of poor weather conditions
  • Waste polythene is removed and recycled in an approved manner
  • Records are kept of the following:
    • type of crop
    • how the crop was grown (in the ground, in bags or off the ground)
    • date when the framework and polythene cover are to be erected and the expected date of removal of the cover (and frame if appropriate)
    • area and percentage of the total area of the farm covered by polytunnels
    • any notices given, including to any neighbouring residential dwellings, before work commences
  • Use of polytunnels records