ACCREDITATIONS & QUALITY ASSURANCE

QUALITY ASSURANCE
ACCREDITATION
To ensure Solent Butcher’s Quality Systems are fully compliant with all current UK and EU legislation and only the finest quality Food Safe products are produced on site, the Company undertakes an annual inspection against the Global Standard for Food Safety, which has been updated in line with revisions to the BRC Technical Standard and the acquirements of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
HACCP
Solent Butchers have embraced the principles of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) as a means of achieving food safety for all key areas of our business.
HACCP HAS BEEN ADOPTED BECAUSE:
  • It focuses on preventative measures throughout the food chain, rather than end product testing.
  • It allows preventative measures for on-line process control;
  • Resources can be focused on high risk areas critical to assuring product safety;
  • It assists in the production of safer products and focuses on continual improvement.
  • All checks carried out are documented and recorded to ensure full quality assurance.
MICROBIOLOGICAL FOOD SAFETY PROGRAM
Solent Butchers conduct routine daily swabbing of meat contact surfaces to confirm the effectiveness of cleaning controls. Micro and chemical analysis is carried out on meat products to verify Shelf-Life, visual lean and meat content on a regular basis by a NAMMAS Accredited Laboratory. All tests carried out support our aim of achieving maximum levels of food safety for all key areas of our business.
LABELING
All our Products are labeled in line with current Food Legislation including full traceability. Labels are continuously monitored to ensure full compliance at all times.
TRACEABILITY
Full Traceability from ‘Farm to Plate’ covers the complete Product Range. Utilising a System of Batch, Production and Dispatch Codes all products are traced from entry into Production System through to Dispatch and to the Final Consumer.

Random audits are carried out providing documented evidence to confirm that the Traceability System is being maintained at all times.
TRAINING
Staff Training is geared to ensure that the highest levels of expectation in Food Safety laid out in British Retail Consortium Technical Standard and all current Food Legislation are maintained at all times.

Our Staff are our most important and valuable asset and we believe that by investing in staff training we will continue to complement our business and continually satisfy and exceed our customer’s expectations.
AUDITS
Within the company Quality System, procedures are in place to carry out regular daily documented checks and full Weekly/Monthly Internal Audits. Audits provide useful dialogue which result in immediate corrective action being taken when required. External Audits are always welcome and encouraged.

QUALITY MARKS
The Standards
Through our association with these assurance schemes and organisations, we bring you Quality Assured meat and poultry bred and reared responsibly from British Farms using the very best farming techniques. High standards produces tender results.
RED TRACTOR FARM ASSURANCE
In April 2005, the Assured Food Standards replaced the British Farm Standard, launched in 2000 in order to bring together many existing farm assurance schemes. Its symbol, the Red Tractor, declares that food is produced to independently inspected standards right across the food chain, from the farm on which it is produced until it goes into the pack.

Farmers must care for their animal following the Five Freedoms Welfare Code (freedom from hunger and thirst, discomfort, pain, injury and disease, fear or distress and freedom to express normal patterns of behaviour). There are also standards for how animals are handled during transport, for abattoirs and food factories, and standards for all other critical steps in the supply chain which includes food safety, traceability and environmental protection. The symbol provides shoppers with cast-iron assurance that those standards have been upheld every step of the way.

For further information, visit: www.redtractor.org.uk/standards

ADHB Beef and Lamb Quality Standard
The ADHB Beef and Lamb Quality Standard Mark Scheme was launched in October 2004 to stimulate the market conditions in England. Following extensive trade consultation and research the ADHB board has decided to strengthen the scheme specifications for Quality Standard Mark beef and lamb to improve efficiency and add value in the supply chain.

The new specifications guarantee eating quality by adding animal age, maturation regimes and additional processing specifications.

Veal is subject to specific labeling requirements based on age at slaughter, which will apply to meat from animals under 8 months of age.

The Quality Standard Mark Scheme for beef and lamb provides one of the highest levels of independently inspected quality assurance for meat in the United Kingdom. The standards contain combined guarantees of food safety, animal welfare, care for the environment and enhanced eating quality.

The Quality Standard mark also tells consumers where their beef or lamb is from. Meat from an animal born, raised and slaughtered in England will carry the Quality Standard mark with the St.George’s flag, indicating English origin.

For further information, visit: www.qsmbeefandlamb.co.uk
RSPCA Assured
RSPCA Assured is the RSPCA’s farm assurance and food labelling scheme and is the only UK farm assurance scheme to focus solely on improving the welfare of farm animals reared for food. The scheme covers every stage of a farm animal’s life, each stage governed by strict and compulsory RSPCA welfare standards.

The scheme focuses on the belief that animals reared for food deserve a happy, healthy life. This means providing them with an environment that meets their needs - needs not confined to space, food and water but psychological needs too. So providing a stimulating environment that enables the animals to exhibit their natural behaviour is very important.

For further information, visit: www.rspcaassured.org.uk
SOIL ASSOCIATION
All food products labelled as Soil Association organic must meet a strict set of standards.

Organic standards put animal welfare first and organic animals are truly free-range. Organic standards cover their living conditions, diet, and use of antibiotics and hormones, as well as transport and slaughter. Organic farm animals enjoy the very highest welfare standards of any farmed animals.

All organic farms and companies that process organic meat are inspected at least once a year and products are fully traceable. So from farm to fork you know what you’re eating. Closer to nature Organic means working more with nature, not against it. Organic animals must be fed a GM free diet – they graze and forage naturally on organic pasture where only natural fertilisers are used and pesticides are severely restricted.

Organic meat is food you can trust. All organic farms and companies that process organic meat are inspected at least once a year and products are fully traceable. So from farm to fork you know what you’re eating. ‘Our organic products are certified by the Soil Association’

For further information, visit: www.soilassociation.org/

FOOD FOR LIFE CATERING MARK
The Catering Mark provides an independent endorsement that food providers are taking steps to improve the food they serve. Show casing best practice and serving fresh, seasonal and healthy food are the scheme’s key criteria.

For further information, visit: www.soilassociation.org/
www.sacert.org/catering

HAMPSHIRE FARE
A Taste of Hampshire Fare Hampshire Fare is a not-for-profit community interest company (CIC) and one of the country’s leading food groups. Established over 20 years ago to promote the benefits of buying local produce, it has grown to support more than 300 businesses from pig farmers and butchers, to brewers and pubs, cheese-makers and farm shops.

Hampshire Fare is a valued resource, fostering good business practice and bringing together producers, hospitality venues and retailers, creating opportunities that often lead to profitable working relationships. The group also offers members PR and marketing support and involvement in an events’ programme that includes the award-winning Hampshire Food Festival, a month-long celebration of Hampshire food and drink now in its fifteenth year.

Hampshire Fare supports producers with conferences, exhibitions and events such as the Local Produce Show and Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition, and projects such as ‘Preserving the Hampshire Hog’, designed to help struggling pig farmers diversify into making charcuterie.

For further information, visit: www.hampshirefare.co.uk