EFSIS said the new “common sense approach” for food safety assurance was required to ensure small producers complied with food safety regulations without being drowned in red tape.
The EFSIS/BRC Standard has 36 sections and costs £1,050 while the new Safe and Legal Standard has 20 sections and costs £500.
“As we went round retailers and manufacturers we realised there was a niche for a more straightforward system,” said Jackie Kerr, key account manager at EFSIS. “The EFSIS/BRC standard is complex and there are a lot of documentation requirements pertinent to larger manufacturers. But for the smaller producer, it can be a nightmare.
“We saw a need for a standard - the Safe and Legal Standard - which would ensure compliance with all food safety regulations and relevant legislation with a common sense approach, specifically designed for small operators.”