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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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Cropping Categories Fresh Produce

Category 0
Those you can eat raw and have a significant risk or history of pathogen contamination.

Category 1
Those you can eat raw and which do not have a protective skin that is removed before eating; they may also have a significant risk or history of pathogen contamination.

Category 2
Those you can eat raw and which either have protective skin or grow clear of the ground, or that have no history of pathogen contamination.

Category 3
Those that the customer always cooks.

An up-to-date list of the crop categories can be found on the Red Tractor website.



PR.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.

Site Survey



Systems are managed in-house by a competent person or by an external contractor. (Revised)

How you will be measured


Where an external pest contractor is used, a documented agreement is in place.


Where pest control is managed in-house, the person with overall responsibility for this task has received some certified training in pest control/management.
  • External contractor agreement
  • Training in pest control/management



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.


Non-target animals do not have access to baits.


Baiting stations kept away from product.


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


Product label directions are followed.


Granular bait is not used in areas where product is stored or packed.

Environmental Risk Assessment



All pest monitoring points are recorded on a site plan and regular checks are completed.

How you will be measured


All pest monitoring points, including non-toxic monitoring points, any toxic baits and EFK (Electronic Fly Killing) units are accurately recorded on a site plan.
  • Plan/map of pest monitoring points
  • Pest monitoring point check records



Buildings used for packing and storing product must be maintained, proofed and managed in a manner that prevents the ingress of pests and vermin. (Revised)

How you will be measured


No evidence of poor proofing or damage to buildings which may permit pest/vermin access.


Where products are stored in a walled area, gaps are left between the product and the wall (with the exception of loose, bulk storage areas).



Domestic animals must not be allowed in any operational areas, including packing and storage areas.

How you will be measured


No evidence of domestic animals in operational areas.


Category 1 and 0 only. Where footpaths run through, or in close proximity to production areas, warning notices are used to minimise the risk of members of the public and domestic animals entering cropped areas.



Precautionary measures are taken where appropriate to discourage pest and vermin activity in crops and cropping areas. (Upgraded)

How you will be measured


Where areas of potential wild animal activity have been identified in the Risk Assessment, appropriate mitigation strategies have been implemented. These include but are not limited to: - bird scaring devices - rabbit fencing - crop covers - physical barriers - management of local pest and vermin populations