Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA)

SALSA is a food-safety standard written by experienced food safety experts to reflect both the legal requirements of producers and the enhanced expectations of 'best practice' of professional food buyers. SALSA certification is only granted to suppliers who are able to demonstrate to an auditor that they are able to produce safe and legal food and are committed to continually meeting the requirements of the SALSA standard.

SALSA is a non-profit making joint venture between FDF, NFU, British Hospitality Association and British Retail Consortium. The Institute of Food Science and Technology operate the scheme throughout the UK.

SALSA accreditation has been designed specifically with small and micro producers in mind and will benefit an organisation that is looking:

  • To supply national buyers on a local or regional level
  • For a recognised food certification which demonstrates they are producing products in safe and legal manner
  • For guidance and support to develop a food safety management system specific to their business
  • To gain confidence to approach national and regional buyers
  • Guidance to remain up-to-date with changes to food law and food labelling
  • To avoid the high costs associated with other schemes (like the BRC Global Standard) which are designed for larger operations

Since its launch in 2007 the scheme has paved the way for small producers to supply direct to local retailers and caterers. From internet grocers Ocado to family holiday company Center Parcs, many of the UK's leading retailer and foodservice buyers officially recognise the SALSA symbol of food safety.

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Only those on the IFST Register of Professional Food Auditors and Mentors may become a SALSA auditor or mentor.