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Strictly SALSA

Date: 04/07/2011 | Posted by John Garton
Classic Herd is the first Jersey producer to receive approval from a scheme designed to provide recognition for local and regional producers in the British Isles.

The award-winning dairy farm in St Peter, farmed by Darren and Julia Quénault, has passed its first audit to meet Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA) standards.

SALSA is the British Food Safety Certification Scheme for micro to small sized producers. It is supported by the Food Standards Agency, DEFRA and by the majority of the UK’s leading retailers and food service providers.

With the growing popularity of local and regionally sourced products among industry and consumers, the scheme provides national and regional buyers with the confidence that SALSA approved businesses not only make fantastic products, but do so in a safe and legal manner.

Having undergone an audit by SALSA inspectors who travelled to Jersey in May, the Genuine Jersey member demonstrated compliance to the SALSA standard for the dairy processing of pasturised products: milk, cheeses, creams, yoghurts, ice cream, crème fraîche and butter. They will be subjected to annual audits to maintain the standard.

Mrs Quénault said: ‘We are delighted to have successfully complied with the SALSA requirements as this reinforces our confidence in the quality of our products and our production processes. Our customers can rest assured that we take the utmost care and follow all the required procedures in every step of the processes involved in making our products.’

Since the Quénaults began producing dairy products on their farm in 2006 they have won accolades for their range of cheeses, including silver medals at the World and British Cheese Awards. As well as being available at the farm shop, Classic Herd products can be found in Island supermarkets and selected stores and are used in hotels, restaurants and pubs.

The Chief executive of Genuine Jersey, John Garton, said he very pleased that Darren and Julia Quénault had received approval from SALSA as it recognised their great achievements over the years.

‘SALSA accreditation is recognised as a byword of quality for the growing band of small-scale producers throughout the British Isles and it also carries the support of government, food agencies and leading agricultural and producer groups. Standards such as this can only improve the reputation of Island produce in the local market,’ he said.