Introduction

Initially introduced after a ring rot outbreak in England and Wales in 2003 from seed sourced from The Netherlands, the Safe Haven Scheme also affords protection from Dickeya. It has been very successful at protecting GB seed stocks from these diseases and currently around 60% of UK seed growers are certified by Safe Haven Standards. The proposed new set of standards extends the scope of the Safe Haven Standards and also provides protection from brown rot and Epitrix.
 
Please provide feedback on the proposed new/upgraded standards by
responding to the following set of questions. 
 
The consultation document can be read on the Red Tractor website here.  

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* Standard 1 states that a farm map must be available on site, showing all sites including rented land. Amongst a whole range of items, farm maps may include fields, watercourses and irrigation systems. Having a farm map accessible and available for all staff and visitors to reference is not only a good tool for planning and maximising the lands potential but it can also play an important role in emergency planning. 

Do you agree with the NEW standard proposal?

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* Standard 2 states that where records are required by the standard they are kept for a minimum of three years (unless otherwise specified in a standard). Some diseases can take years to appear, for example ring rot can take three years before symptoms become visible.

Do you agree with this upgraded standard?

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* The clear identification of product is essential to deliver traceability. The new Safe Haven Standards aim to avoid and manage risks through the use of classified seed stocks. The new standards will deliver robust systems of traceability in the event of a disease outbreak. 

Standard 3 states that systems must be in place which deliver traceability of seed and ware potatoes through the Safe Haven-assured production unit. It requires product identification/coding to be used through the operation from classified seed purchase to field, storage, packing and customer. 

Do you agree with this NEW standard?

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* Standard 4 states that all seed potato crops must be registered in the seed potato classification system of the relevant UK authority. It now provides full details of the record keeping requirement. Records must be entered into the Seed Potato Classification System or the official seed potato register.

Do you agree with the upgraded record keeping requirement?

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* Standard 5 states that all seed for seed multiplication must be from classified seed. It now provides details of the records that producers must keep in order to demonstrate compliance. 

Do you agree with the upgraded record keeping requirement?

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* Standard 6 states that cutting seed for seed and ware production is not permitted. The standard now sets out how producers will be measured to ensure compliance by way of requiring a signed declaration that seed is not cut. 

Do you agree with this requirement?

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* The new Safe Haven Standards seek to avoid and manage risks through growing classified ware crops. 

Standard 7 states that ware potatoes grown in the Safe Haven-assures production unit must be from classified seed. This standard sets out which documents are required to demonstrate compliance. It now asks for documentation to show that ware crops have originated from classified seed either from the Safe Haven-assured production unit itself or grown by another Safe Haven-assured production unit.

Do you agree with this upgraded record keeping requirement? 

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* The new Safe Haven Standards aim to avoid and manage risk from water use on the Safe Haven production unit. The standards now provide a decision tree for the risk assessment of water use (appendix 2) because Dickeya and brown rot can both be spread in water. 

Standard 8 sets out the requirement for a documented risk assessment for water use on the Safe Haven-assured production unit which covers all water used in seed or ware potato production, harvesting, packing, storage, transport, cleaning and disinfection or equipment and machinery.

Do you agree with this NEW standard? 

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* Standard 9 states that records must be kept of all water usage including date, source and volumes used. The standard gives a clear indication as to how producers will be measured, which will be an invaluable tool should the unit be required to trace water in the event of a disease outbreak. 

Do you agree with this NEW standard?

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* People tools and equipment can very easily transmit disease from one farm to another. The new Safe Haven Standards aim to avoid and manage risks from people, tools and equipment. Appendix 1 gives guidelines for cleaning and disinfection of tools, planting, harvesting, trading and packing equipment, containers, crates, boxes, trailers vehicles and stores. This will help in the development of individual cleaning and disinfection schedules. 

Standard 10 states that access to the Safe Haven-assured production units fields, packing facilities and stores must be limited to essential visitors and visitor records must be kept. 

Do you agree with this NEW standard?

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* Standard 11 updates the requirements with regards to the cleaning and disinfection of tools, planting, harvesting, grading and packing equipment, containers, crates, boxes, trailers, transport vehicles and stores. It sets out how compliance is measured in detail. 

Do you agree with the upgraded audit requirement? 

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* Standard 12 recommends that Safe Haven-assured members own tools, equipment, containers, crates and boxes are cleaned and disinfected before use and requires that cleaning records are provided to demonstrate compliance.

Do you agree with this requirement? 

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* Standard 13 states that containers, crates and boxes used to store and transport Safe Haven-assured seed and ware potatoes must be dedicated to the use. A signed declaration or purchase invoice for non-returnable containers has been added as an audit point for compliance.

Do you agree with this upgraded requirement? 

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* The new Safe Haven Standards aim to avoid and manage risks during transport.

Standard 14 states that producers must visibly inspect boxes, containers, trailers and bunkers before loading. Where transport is in bulk or containers from outside the Safe Haven-assured production unit, a record of inspection must be retained. 

Do you agree with this standard?

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* Standard 15 states that where bulk transport is used the member must obtain details of the previous three loads carried by the vehicle from the haulage contractor. This standard, previously a recommendation, sets out what records are now required to demonstrate compliance, it includes, date, contractor, details of load and the previous three loads by postcode.

Do you agree with this upgraded standard?

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* The use of contracted or shared machinery has become more common on farms in recent years and as such the new Safe Haven Standards aim to avoid and manage risks from contracted or shared machinery.

Standard 16 spells out in detail how members will be measured uncomplying with the requirement to ensure contract and/or shared machinery/equipment is throughly cleaned and disinfected before entry and use on the Safe Haven-assured production unit. Previously this requirement applied only to equipment in direct contact with seed potatoes, the standard has been extended to cover ALL equipment entering the Safe Haven-assured production unit. 

Do you agree with the extended scope of this standard?

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* Standard 17 states that Safe Haven scheme members must ensure that any contractors undertaking work on the production of seed or ware potato crops on the Safe Haven-assured production unit adhere to the Safe Haven standards. It asks that contractors sign the Contractors Commitment document. 

Do you agree with this upgraded standard?

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* The new Safe Haven Standards aim to avoid and manage risks during grading and packing. 

Standard 18 states that non-Safe Haven-assured seed or ware potatoes must not be handled, graded or stored on the Safe Haven-assured production unit. 

Do you agree with this standard?

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* Standard 19 sets out how producers will be measured in complying with the requirement to ensure that Safe Haven-assured seed potatoes must not be handled, graded or stored on a non-Safe Haven-assured production unit. It sets out the audit points for compliance in detail. 

Do you agree with this record keeping requirement?

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* Standard 20 states that packing records must be kept for all seed and ware potatoes from the Safe Haven-assured production unit. It asks for the documented controls for packing and all packing records. 

Do you agree with this record keeping requirement?

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* Standard 21 explains in detail how producers will be measures and what records they must keep in order to comply with the requirement to ensure that the Red Tractor Safe Haven logo must only be used in conjunction with the Safe Haven membership number. By way of demonstrating compliance it asks for evidence of stationary, packaging, trade documentation, website, social media etc. 

Do you agree with the extended record keeping requirement?

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* The new Safe Haven Standards aim to avoid and manage risks during storage so that conditions do not compromise product quality or safety.

Standard 22 states that storage areas must be cleaned and disinfected annually. 

Do you agree with this NEW standard?

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* Standard 23 recommends that temperature and humidity of storage facilities used to store seed and ware potatoes are monitored and documented to ensure appropriate storage conditions. 

Do you agree with this NEW recommendation?

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* The new safe haven Standards seek to ensure members comply with the Scheme Member Rules.

Standard 24 states that Safe Have members MUST inform red Tractor via their Certification Body if ring rot, Dickeya, brown rot or Epitrix, is found on their seed or ware potatoes or Safe Haven-assured production unit.

Do you agree with this NEW standard?

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* Please indicate which segment of the industry you represent

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