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New rules for combinable crops assurance scheme

February 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Crops

New codes of practice for the Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC) have come into effect to reflect latest rules relating to grain merchanting and haulage.

The codes were published on the Agricultural Industries Confederation’s website ahead of their coming into force on 1 February 2018. They are described as being instrumental in ensuring the safety of food for human consumption and animal feed.

Produced by the TASCC working group, the codes were drawn up in liaison with a wide range of stakeholders to reflect the latest legislative, industry and customer practice in terms of storage, testing, merchanting and haulage.

Major undertaking

“This has been a major undertaking for the TASCC working group – but the review is vital to ensure feed and food safety within the UK and beyond,” explained John Kelley, managing director for AIC Services.

Two documents have been published. The first – a 72-page document – covers the scheme rules and general information. The second document – encompassing some 36 pages – covers road haulage of combinable crops and animal feed.

In updating the codes, the overall aim was to keep changes to a minimum while still ensuring full compliance with the legislation. TASCC participants must ensure they comply with general scheme rules and the relevant sections that apply to their sector.

Prepare for harvest

Mr Kelley said publishing the codes early would allow businesses to prepare for harvest 2018. Alongside the new codes there was a “summary of changes” document as well as several templates for hauliers, storekeepers and trailer hire companies.

A series of seminars will be held by the AIC for TASCC participants to provide in-depth information on the new codes and their implementation. The seminars will take place in May and June – well before the busy harvest season.

TASCC is the trade assurance scheme for UK combinable crops. It covers the supply chain from farm gate to primary processor – including grain storage, haulage, merchanting and testing. The scheme has mutual recognition status with all grain trade sectors nationally and internationally.

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