Who do you use for Red Tractor inspections

curlietailz

Member
Location
Sedgefield
currently with NSF and have been since it started, my assessor is rumoured to have retired so I’ve been looking at alternatives.

One friend uses Acouro so I have rung them and they quoted my over £100 cheaper than NSF for the same service

Does anyone recommend Acouro ?
Any comments??
 

Steevo

Member
Location
Gloucestershire
Just reading their About Us page after thinking how much these bodies seem to be driving the market as much or more as supermarkets. Tell a supermarket you can reduce the risk to them (for a fee) by charging them a fee to create a scheme to audit suppliers...


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Operating in 40 countries across six continents, every year we conduct over 35,000 audits and inspections in addition to a range of tailored services aimed at protecting our customer's brands.

Whether dealing with farms, fisheries, food processors, restaurants or retailers we are one of the only service providers able to offer a complete range of compliance solutions aimed at reducing risk to your business and improving compliance levels.

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jon9000

Member
Location
yorkshire
My new assesor was way ott, may not bother with them next year as I have found I can sell my wheat without RT for no less money (f^^k the beggers)
I bet who I know that woman was.... total nightmare here last year. Called cmi and demanded another auditor next year
 

sb18

New Member
Had a real stickler from NSF last year. Made us want to change. Got her pen out to see if it could fit in any gaps in the shed doors
 

Kryten

Member
Location
South Derbyshire
HAd our inspection yesterday - SAI. Young lady came with an even younger trainee. Knew nothing about farming but knew all the rules. If that's the type of person they're appointing as assessor I was going to change. Reading here it seem as if all providers are as bad as each other though. Trying times!
 

Brisel

Member
Location
Dorset
NSF here. My inspector is an old ex farm manager who doesn’t miss much. I can’t complain he doesn’t know much about agriculture. He does drop the odd hint about things he wants to see fixed for next time but will occasionally write a non conformance ticket if it’s a blatant breach.
 

Hampton

Member
Location
Shropshire
I bet who I know that woman was.... total nightmare here last year. Called cmi and demanded another auditor next year
Most of these inspectors are self employed. If we refuse to have them back and request another auditor they will get the push. Don’t put up with it, it’s over audited. When the inspector stands their and counts that we have “only” 37 individual pens for 200 lambing ewes and “what if they all lamb at the same time” it’s time to change.
NSF etc are businesses. They aren’t going to pay for inspectors who aren’t welcome on farms
 

sb18

New Member
Our woman was inspected last year by red tractor, he came from a farming background and had to tell her to let things go. Such as using old spray containers for workshop storage
 

Brisel

Member
Location
Dorset
Peel the labels off the cans before using them elsewhere :inpain: It’s illegal to use the cans for anything else. No labels = no problem ;)
 

Hampton

Member
Location
Shropshire
NSF here. My inspector is an old ex farm manager who doesn’t miss much. I can’t complain he doesn’t know much about agriculture. He does drop the odd hint about things he wants to see fixed for next time but will occasionally write a non conformance ticket if it’s a blatant breach.
That’s how it should be.
It should highlight issues. I never realised just how bad it is when you get the “wrong inspector”.
Turning up at 9am and not leaving until 6.
Telling you he has all the information he needs and sending you away (in your own house) then getting a string of non-conformances because he hasn’t looked in the files in front of him and having to show him it all before it’s printed out whilst he’s trying to say “just put it through as a non-conformance and email it to them!”
And finallly, the final straw, turning up at 2pm and not leaving until 10:30 at night!
Before I got that guy I thought some farmers were just moaning for the sake of it, but their are some really bad inspectors around. When you get one like that, you dread it for weeks beforehand
 

sb18

New Member
Peel the labels off the cans before using them elsewhere :inpain: It’s illegal to use the cans for anything else. No labels = no problem ;)
Labels were off. I also had a big fallout with her about the new metaldhyde stewardship rules, apparently you have to right on spray recs it wasn’t raining at time off application - and writing on spray recs ferric was used on headlands wasn’t enough to show metaldhyde wasn’t used within 10m from a watercourse. Don’t think she knew what headlands were and didn’t want to admit it
 

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