New Codes of Practice for the Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC) have been published by the scheme manager, the Agricultural Industries Association (AIC).
The changes are effective from March 1st 2016 and remain in place for two years. The AIC says the release now enables TASCC participants plenty of time to implement the codes before the start of this year’s harvest period.
The TASCC Working Group has reviewed the Codes of Practice over the last 18 months, in liaison with stakeholders, to ensure that they reflect the latest legislative, industry and customer practice so that TASCC-accredited businesses meet these requirements. The AIC points out that the codes are also instrumental in helping businesses manage food/feed safety incidents.
The updated codes can be viewed on the AIC website (www.agindustries.org.uk), together with a summary of changes document and several template documents for hauliers, storekeepers and trailer hire companies. The AIC also intends to hold seminars around the country in May and June to discuss the changes to the codes.
TASCC has mutual recognition status with all sectors of the grain trade both nationally and internationally. It is also one of a number of AIC feed schemes that have Earned Recognition with the Food Standards Authority (FSA). UFAS, FEMAS and TASCC are recognised by FSA and this helps to reduce the number of inspections from local authorities. The Assurance Alert email system enables TASCC participants, their customers and suppliers to keep up to date with any changes to the certification status of a participant.
“This review and revision has been a major undertaking for the TASCC Working Group, but is vital to ensure feed and food safety within the UK and beyond,” comments John Kelley, managing director, AIC Services.