Unannounced FA visits

Raider112

Member
Had a letter today from a firm warning that this was being brought in and offering a Pre-Inspection Health Check to make sure you will be compliant should you be inspected.
They are offering one health check per year and will attend the Farm Assurance Audit.
The fee is £65 per month plus VAT for the full service but can be tailored to suit your needs.
This is how I read it, maybe I'm missing something as that's one hell of a charge.
 
Location
southwest
If the FA Audit is unannounced, how will the money grabbing (sorry, fee charging ) firm know when to turn up ? If they only come in once a year, what's the betting that FA turn up 11 months after?
 

Chris F

Staff Member
£780 a year? On top of the quite ridiculous fee for the assurance in the first place? Someone has been sniffing the good stuff.

The inspectors want to help you pass and will point out major issues for you to fix within 28 days.
 
If you're concerned, just get the standard out and go through it point by point. Write a list of where you don't comply and get it sorted out. That's what I did when I went FA at first. As above, the inspectors IME have been very reasonable and you've got 28 days if there is a problem. Most of the stuff is legal requirement anyway.
 
Had a letter today from a firm warning that this was being brought in and offering a Pre-Inspection Health Check to make sure you will be compliant should you be inspected.
They are offering one health check per year and will attend the Farm Assurance Audit.
The fee is £65 per month plus VAT for the full service but can be tailored to suit your needs.
This is how I read it, maybe I'm missing something as that's one hell of a charge.
Sounds like a scam
 

Clive

Staff Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lichfield
Had a letter today from a firm warning that this was being brought in and offering a Pre-Inspection Health Check to make sure you will be compliant should you be inspected.
They are offering one health check per year and will attend the Farm Assurance Audit.
The fee is £65 per month plus VAT for the full service but can be tailored to suit your needs.
This is how I read it, maybe I'm missing something as that's one hell of a charge.
This is comedy gold - a protection racket to protect you from the protection racket !

........... You couldn’t make this stuff up !
 

Steevo

Member
Location
Gloucestershire
Had a letter today from a firm warning that this was being brought in and offering a Pre-Inspection Health Check to make sure you will be compliant should you be inspected.
They are offering one health check per year and will attend the Farm Assurance Audit.
The fee is £65 per month plus VAT for the full service but can be tailored to suit your needs.
This is how I read it, maybe I'm missing something as that's one hell of a charge.
CXCS?
 
As i understand it, unannounced inspections are only going to take place on farms with a lot of or serious non conformances, as a follow up visit, not for the standard inspection.
Even then I don’t think they’re going to be totally unannounced, I believe there will be a phone call immediately prior to an unannounced inspection, after all, most of us aren’t around the yard at all times and I don’t think they’re allowed to go snooping around on their own.

It sounds like this company are praying on farmers dislike/fears of farrm assurance.
 

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