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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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Where to find help – at the end of each section we have indicated where you can get extra guidance if you need it.



CR.VC.1 Key


There must be effective control of vermin.

How you will be measured


No build-up of vegetation close to farm structures that could harbour vermin.


A site survey is completed at least quarterly, detailing: - date of inspection - locations inspected - findings - actions required - date actions completed


Dead/trapped vermin are searched for and disposed of when bait points are checked.


Birds, rodents and domestic animals are prevented from entering all long-term storage.

Site Survey



Toxic bait must be used responsibly. (Revised)

How you will be measured


Prior to treatment with baits the use of non-chemical control methods is considered first followed by the least toxic alternatives (see Appendix – risk hierarchy).


An Environmental Risk Assessment is undertaken in accordance with the Appendix before bait is laid.


Where baits are used a Bait Plan identifies: - location of bait points - bait used - bait point inspection - replenishment dates


Non-target animals do not have access to baits.


Bait stations/boxes are secured and clearly identified.


Permanent baiting is not routinely undertaken and toxic bait is removed when treatment is finished.


Product label directions are followed.


A documented COSHH assessment is carried out where there are 5 or more employees.
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Bait Plan
  • COSHH assessment (where applicable)

CR.VC.3 Key


Toxic rodent baits used to prevent or treat mouse infestations can only be used in grain stores whilst product is in store where the following requirements are met

How you will be measured


There is a defined need for toxic bait to be used within the store


*Only gel/paste-based products can be used within the store (Loose grain baits, pasta/wax blocks and gel sachets are not permitted)


Toxic pastes/gels are only place within the store in lockable, secure, identifiable bait boxes which are secured to the building


Bait boxes are placed where there is minimal risk of being crushed/displaced by loaders or trailers when filling and emptying the store


Where farmers or farm personnel are baiting grain stores, they must have read and understood the Red Tractor 'using toxic rodent baits in grain stores' guidance document. The training must be documented. This can be NA if using a professional vermin control contractor

Baiting records
Site survey and / or vermin control contractors visit reports
Training records