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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.



PR.VC.a Key


Systems must be in place to control pests and vermin in all operational areas, including packing and storage areas, glasshouses and similar structures

How you will be measured

  • Evidence that control is effective and being managed e.g. there is no evidence of contamination by vermin
  • Systems include, but are not limited to, baiting and trapping
  • System managed in-house by a demonstrably competent person or by an external contractor
  • If used traps regularly checked and the locations and dates of the checks are recorded
  • Where EFK (Electronic Fly Killing) units are used they are checked regularly to ensure they are working effectively and to remove dead flies
  • External contactor agreement
  • Trap check records
  • EFK check records



Bait must be used responsibly

How you will be measured

  • Prior to treatment with baits, a written site survey and environmental assessment are undertaken in accordance with the Appendix
  • Use of non-chemical control methods considered first, followed by the least toxic alternatives (Risk Hierarchy)
  • Growers are aware of the risks associated with non-chemical control methods e.g. potential contamination from stick/ glue boards and break-back traps
  • Baits used are approved for use in the UK
  • Where baits are used a bait plan is in evidence
    • plan includes map/ location of bait points, bait used, bait point checks and replenishment dates
  • Safe positioning of bait; non-target animals do not have access and there is no risk of bait or bait stations contaminating product
  • Granular bait is not used in areas where product is stored or packed
  • Dead and dying rodents are removed and disposed of in line with bait manufacturer's instructions
  • Bait plan
  • Site survey
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Risk Hierarchy



Permanent baiting must not routinely be undertaken

How you will be measured

  • Baits only sited where evidence shows they are being continuously effective
  • At the end of treatment, baits are removed and disposed of in line with manufacturers' instructions



Buildings used for packing and storing product must be maintained and proofed in a manner that prevents the ingress of pests and vermin

How you will be measured

  • Where products are stored in a walled area, gaps are left between the product and the wall



Domestic animals must not be allowed in any operational areas, including packing and storage areas

How you will be measured


  • Warning notices on any footpaths through production areas or close to crops



It is recommended that precautionary measures are taken where appropriate to discourage pest and vermin activity in crops and cropping areas

How you will be measured

  • Where areas of potential wild animal activity have been identified in the Risk Assessment, appropriate mitigation strategies have been implemented. These include by are not limited to:
    • bird scaring devices
    • rabbit fencing
    • crops covers
    • barriers
    • management of local pest and vermin populations