Here we’ll explain what the SALSA Standard is and link you to our complete SALSA food safety QMS documentation…

Here you can…

  • Find out about the SALSA food standard accreditation

  • Find the answers to frequently asked questions about the standard

  • Download the SALSA Issue 5 Standard

  • Jump straight over to our SALSA food safety QMS documentation pack

SALSA Issue 5
SALSA HACCP

“FAQ”

What is the SALSA standard?

The SALSA (Safe and local supplier approval) standard was originally launched in March 2007.  It was developed for small food processing businesses, who are not at the stage that required BRC approval.

It has been written by a working party of 4 main groups:

  • The British Retail Consortium (BRC)
  • The British Hospitality Association (BHA)
  • The Food and Drink Federation (FDF)
  • The National Farmers Union (NFU)

The standard was originally designed to show food safety and legal compliance and since then have been developed to include elements of quality control as well.

The standard is now well established and is accepted by many retailers and food service agents.

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“FAQ”

Frequently asked questions…

What’s the difference between Issue 4 & 5?
Do I need to adhere to all the STS clauses?
Why would I need to be SALSA accredited?
How long is an audit?
Do I need to organise my audit with SALSA directly?
How do you go about organising a SALSA audit?
How much does a SALSA audit cost?
What is a SALSA mentor?
Can I do the audit as soon as I have documented and implemented my systems?
Do I need to have a pre-audit?
How often will I be audited?
How is the audit scored?
What happens after the audit?

Don’t despair if the question you want to ask is not listed above, you can always contact us to ask on the link provided here.
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SALSA Issue 5

Since the launch of issue 1 in 2007 the standard has been re-issued a number of times, the latest issue 5 was launched in June 2018 and now includes a number of variants of the standard, the standards can be downloaded below:

SALSA Issue 5 – DOWNLOAD PDF HERE

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“Issue5”

SALSA Issue 5

The SALSA standard is split into 4 main sections:

  1. Prerequisite controls
  2. HACCP
  3. Management systems & Documentation
  4. Premises

The prerequisite control section covers the general prerequisites such as training, personal hygiene, cleaning and cross contamination.

The HACCP and management system section covers HACCP of course, plus systems which manage the full supply process such as auditing and traceability.

Documentation includes ensuring that document control is in place, procedures and specifications are documented and the premises cover all aspects of the location and fabrication of the building itself.
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What’s the difference between issue 4 and issue 5?

Issue 4 was reviewed and re-issued as issue 5 to include the below changes:

  • STS clauses are now together at the back of the standard in appendix 1
  • Additional procedures where metal control or detection is in place
  • Listeria mono testing plan or schedule for high risk and high care
  • A new requirement for food fraud assessment
  • Clarification of the requirements of many clauses

A process flow is now required for HACCP – however, if you are following the codex principles of HACCP you probably will have been doing this anyway.  If not, you may need to review your HACCP – we can help you with this, please give us a call to discuss on 07955 211023.

There are also a lot of changes to the wording of the clauses, to assist in the explanation of the requirements. Generally however, there has not been any major changes to the intended requirements.
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“STS”

Do I need to adhere to all the STS clauses?

No, only if you produce product for government sites such as hospitals.  If you don’t need STS approval, then you don’t need to comply with these in appendix 1.
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Why would I need to be SALSA accredited?

The SALSA standard is available to sites in the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. It is the most basic of the certification standards in the UK – it sits between the legislation standard and the BRC food standard. It is a way of proving to your customers that you have all the food safety systems in place to ensure that you can produce their product safely and to the agreed specification. Many retailers, food service agents and restaurant chains will not approve your product without you having some sort of accreditation.  Plus, the standards which larger manufacturers have to work to now also means that they have limited options in terms of how to approve their suppliers. Their suppliers either have to be accredited or the manufacturer has to audit them. Auditing their suppliers is costly to them and so many manufacturers will opt for only using suppliers who are accredited. This means if you want to win new contracts with your customers you need to be accredited.
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“long”

How long is an audit?

The audit is normally just half a day, but may be a little more or less, depending on the size and complexity of your site. The audit will be carried out by one auditor, who you need to be with for the full duration of the audit.
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“organise”

Do I organise my audit with SALSA directly?

Yes. SALSA look after the audit organisation and will provide you with an auditor to carry out your audit.
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How do you go about organising an audit?

You need to become a member to book your audit. You can join through the SALSA website – http://www.salsafood.co.uk/register.php or call SALSA on 01295 724248.  SALSA will provide you with an auditor, who will get in touch to organise a date for your audit.
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“much”

How much is an audit?

In order to book your SALSA audit you need to be a member. The membership with the cost of the annual audit is £595+vat.

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“mentor”

What is a SALSA mentor?

SALSA have a group of mentors who they have approved, who can help guide you through implementing the SALSA standard.  SALSA have a special package which includes a day’s mentoring at a reduced rate, in the membership and auditing price – of £965+vat. This means that the reduced cost of the mentor for a day is £370+vat.  SALSA have mentors who will help you to get ready for your audit, they don’t advertise the price of this, but previously it has been approx. £440 per day. We can also help you to get ready for your audit and only charge £375+vat per day.  And, at Techni-K we don’t believe in charging you to ask us questions, so if there is anything you’re unsure about, please feel free to email us on info@techni-k.co.uk or  call us on 07955 211023 – we don’t charge to chat!

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“systems”

Can I do the audit as soon as I have documented and implemented my systems?

Once you’ve documented your systems and implemented them, you need to wait at least 6 to 8 weeks to gather the necessary records, so that your SALSA auditor has enough evidence to audit.
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Do I need to have a pre-audit?

No, as long as you have implemented the standard you should be fine.  Even if you get quite a few non-conformances on your audit day, as long as you correct them within 28 days of your audit and provide the evidence to SALSA that you’ve done so – you should get your certificate.  So, it’s generally not needed to have a pre-audit, but you will need to audit your systems yourself though (this is called an internal audit).  If you would like us to do this for you, we can help – just get in touch and we can give you a quote based on our daily rates.
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“often”

How often will I be audited?

The audits are carried out every year.
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“scored”

How is the audit scored?

There is no scoring for SALSA – you either pass or fail.  As long as you close out all of your non-conformances from your audit though, you should pass and get your certificate.
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What happens after the audit?

Once your audit is complete your auditor will stay with you to agree the action plan to close out any non-conformances.  You then get up to 28 days to provide evidence to SALSA that you’ve closed out the non-conformances as agreed. If they are unsure about how you’ve closed out the actions or if they need to you provide more evidence they’ll contact you.  On completion of the actions SALSA will issue you with a certificate and your anniversary date for your audit will be set. SALSA will remind you of your anniversary date as it gets closer, but it’s up to you to make sure you re-book your audit up to 56 days before your anniversary – in order to make sure your certificate doesn’t expire.
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How can Techni-K help you with SALSA?

At Techni-K our mission is to help Artisans and small producers meet the SALSA standards by:
1. Providing solutions which are cost effective and do not require expensive consultancy bills.
2. Providing solutions that take as much of the pain away as possible, that are simple to use and practical to implement.

How do we do this?

We have developed a food safety solution in line with the SALSA standard. Our pack has been designed to meet all the clauses of the SALSA Standard and this provides you with a system that is 95% completed for you. You just need to tailor it to meet your specific business needs, we’ve even provided you with instructions on how to do this. Then you just need to implement it into your business and again, we’ve provided you with tools and tips on how to do this!  We also offer phone and email support while you’re tailoring and implementing your pack, so you’re not alone – we’re with you every step of the way!

Check out the pack below…

SALSA Issue 5