WHAT IS SALSA CERTIFICATION ?
BENEFITS for members
- AFFORDABLE & ACHIEVABLE even for micro-producers
- TECHNICAL SUPPORT for the business which cannot afford this as an in-house resource
- SECURITY of Approval
- CONFIDENCE to go out and seek and secure new contracts
- PROVEN CREDENTIALS to put in front of prestigious buyers
As members of the scheme suppliers also receive a range of valuable benefits:
- Access to an extensive library of tools and resources, designed specifically to assist a business in its audit preparation and meeting the SALSA Standards for food safety
- Access to mentoring support from our cohort of professionally qualified and trained mentors
- Special membership rate for SALSA training courses
- A company profile which is immediately visible to regional and national buyers through the directory
- Once members have been audited to ensure they are meeting the SALSA Standard, they receive a food safety certification recognised by leading food buyers and retailers nationwide
- SALSA certification provides a stepping stone to further food safety quality certification schemes, such as BRCGS, should this be required in the future.
FAQs SALSA CERTIFICATION
A: Small and micro food producers and suppliers who operate from commercial premises (not domestic) in the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
A: This depends on how ready you are to take your audit. Typically, after preparing for your audit (and paying for your audit and membership), approval takes between 1 and 3 months.
A: We match our members to local auditors with the appropriate sector qualifications and experience. Once payment has been received we will assign an auditor to you, based on our allocation policy. They will then make contact with you directly to arrange a mutually convenient date.
A: Annually. Your anniversary date is set on the date of your first audit and to ensure continual certification you should take your next audit within the audit window stated on your SALSA certificate.
A: A SALSA audit typically takes approximately 5-6 hours. The auditor will inspect the premises and production and review your food safety management system against the SALSA standard. A nominated responsible person will need to accompany the auditor at all times.
A: You have up to 12 months to take your first audit. Once a date is agreed you may postpone your audit twice, as long as you give your auditor at least 3 full working days’ notice. Please see SALSA’s Audit Postponement Policy – DOWNLOAD HERE
A: Following your audit, SALSA will make the approval decision, and notify you of this decision.
A: Yes, if you do not provide sufficient evidence that you comply with the SALSA standard.
A: No, the details of your audit are confidential. Buyers may ask you for your audit report and the decision to share this is yours.
A: SALSA Approval is recognised by a growing list of over 1500 registered UK buyers.
A: Your SALSA Certificate is only valid for the site where the audit took place. The address is on your certificate and can only be changed if you have another audit at the new premises. If you are planning to move please contact the SALSA Team.