Two Scottish food producers have become the first in Britain to be awarded certificates in a new food safety scheme that makes it easier and cheaper for small manufacturers to sell their products to big supermarket chains.

The Island Cheese Company and Uncle Roy's Comestible Concoctions have both won accreditation from the Safe and Local Supplier Approval (Salsa) scheme, developed jointly by the NFU, BRC and FDF.

Gaining accreditation involves a half-day inspection and costs £450 plus VAT - half the price of the BRC's standard scheme. Any supplier that fails an assessment will lose the fee and have to undergo further inspection.