Countrywide Assurance Scheme Details

UFAS - Universal Feed Assurance Scheme

UFAS - Universal Feed Assurance Scheme

The UFAS feed scheme is based on HACCP principles, an internationally recognised system of hazard analysis pioneered by space agency NASA. Since 1998 when UFAS was first introduced HACCP has become a central requirement of Food and Feed safety legislation.

The scheme is audited and certified by an independent certification body, in accordance with the internationally recognised standard EN45011. This means that the certification body is itself independently assessed every year to ensure that the standard is implemented and administered consistently and fairly.

Partly as a result of this independence of inspection, local authorities now include participation in UFAS in their risk assessments of Feed businesses. The Feed Hygiene Regulations covering agricultural supply businesses are themselves based on UFAS/ HACCP principles.

The scheme dovetails with the UK livestock assurance (Little Red Tractor) schemes which the major supermarkets make a requirement for the home-produced livestock products they buy.

NOPS – Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances

Beta Nops

BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association) NOPS Assurance Schemes

NOPS – what are they and where do they come from?

The definition of a prohibited substance is “any substance that can exert an effect on a horse” which is a broad, all encompassing definition. A naturally occurring prohibited substance (or NOPS) is one that is either naturally present within certain ingredients or that occurs as a result of inadvertent cross contamination during processing before arriving at the feed manufacturer’s facility.

The BETA NOPS Code works in association with UFAS and FEMASand requires manufacturers to evaluate the risk of a NOPS contamination during every step of the sourcing, storage, transport and manufacturing processes for their each product, and design their quality management systems in line with the risks identified.

Suppliers of raw materials will be regularly audited and staff will also undergo rigorous training to ensure strict adherence to the Code.

The Code has been endorsed by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the National Trainers Association. The British Horseracing Authority says of the Code: "By significantly reducing the risk of NOPS, the new Code provides important protection for those competing or racing under rules. The fact that most of the UK’s major feed manufacturers have already agreed to comply with the Code confirms its viability as a workable verification system."

FIAS – Fertiliser Industries Assurance Scheme

FIAS – Fertiliser Industries Assurance Scheme

FIAS was launched on 9th January 2006 and assures fertiliser security and traceability in the industry supply chain. The UK government encouraged and supported this industry initiative as an alternative to further legislation. AIC manages the development and implementation of the scheme under the supervision of the FIAS Steering Group, which has representatives from government and industry stakeholders.

TASCC – Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops

TASCC – Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops

TASCC was developed because farmers and end users wanted to be sure that crops of grain, oilseeds and pulses were treated responsibly once they left the farm. That includes wheat processed by flour millers and malting barley for the brewers and distillers in the drinks industry. It provides independent verification that the trade is meeting food safety laws.

The scheme is audited and certified by an independent certification body, in accordance with the internationally recognised standard EN45011. This means that the certification body is itself independently assessed every year to ensure that the standard is implemented and administered consistently and fairly.

The scheme dovetails with UFAS and with the UK livestock assurance (Little Red Tractor) schemes which the major supermarkets make a requirement for the home-produced livestock products they buy.

TASCC is also recognised within the food industry as being essential to maintaining traceability of assured combinable crops after they have left the farm.

Welsh Organic Scheme

Welsh Organic Scheme

Quality Welsh Food Certification Ltd. (QWFC) is a certification body, set up by the agricultural co-operative movement in Wales, to monitor farms and the food supply chain against standards

It is recognised by the United Kingdom Accreditation service (UKAS) for the FAWL Beef and Lamb Scheme (Registered No 146) and by DEFRA as an organic certification body Welsh Organic (Registered UK No 13).

It provides a service dedicated to Welsh farms and Welsh farmers, focusing on their particular needs and requirements and is valid as a certification body throughout the United Kingdom.

Click here to view our certificate to confirm Countrywide are an approved operator who complies with the requirements of the Compendium of UK Organic Standards.

Countrywide Assurance

Countrywide is assured under the various schemes under the following Membership Numbers:

UFAS

Defford Site (DDC – UFAS Merchants) - 864

Countrywide Retail Stores – satellites of Defford

NOPs

Certificate No: 80452 – Expiry Date: 30.11.2016

FIAS

Defford Site (DDC) - 44371

Countrywide Retail Stores all separately registered.

TASCC

Countrywide Bulk Haulage is now contracted to All About Bulk (AAB) – TASCC ID: YY1040

All details may be verified via the Scheme Register Checker at the AIC website: www.agindustries.org.uk.

Organic Certification

Countrywide (incorporating Alternative Feeds) is an approved operator who complies with the Compendium of UK Organic Standards – Certification Body: Quality Welsh Food Certification Ltd.

Membership Number - 98

Feed Hygiene Regulations/Food Hygiene Regulations

All Countrywide Retail Stores (and DDC) are registered with the relevant authority under the Feed and Food Hygiene Regulations.

For more details on any aspect of Countrywide Industry Assurance, please contact Andrew Morrey at:

Email: amorrey@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Telephone: 07768 833614