The Agricultural IndustriesAssociation (AIC) has issued new Codes of Practice for its Trade AssuranceScheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC). The scheme is effective from the 1st March 2016 and will remain in place for two years. This action is being taken to allow TASCC participants plenty of time to implement the codes before the start this years harvest period.
These 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. AIC will also beholding seminars around the country in May and June to discuss the changes to the codes.
TASCC is the leading trade assurance scheme for combinable crops in the UK and covers the supply chain from farm gate to primary processor, encompassing grain storage, haulage, merchanting and testing. TASCC has mutual recognition status with all sectors of the grain trade both nationally and internationally.
TASCC 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 TASCC Working Group has worked hard over the last 18 months in liaison with stakeholders to ensure that the codes reflect the latest legislative, industry and customer practice to ensure that TASCC business meets these requirements. The codes are also instrumental in helping businesses manage food/feed safety incidents.
Another benefit to TASCC participants is the Assurance Alert email system. This enables TASCC participants, as well as their customers and suppliers,to keep up to date with any changes to the status of a participant i.e.certified or suspended.
This has been a major undertaking for the TASCCWorking Group but the review is vital to ensure feed and food safety within theUK and beyond, commented John Kelley, Managing Director, AIC Services.