Cornish meat firm awarded food safety accreditation

Cornwall’s Brian Etherington Meat Company has been awarded the Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA) accreditation, a food safety standard “signifying a greater paradigm of excellence in food practice”.

The company, based in Wheal Rose in Cornwall, is a meat wholesaler that specialises in sourcing from local producers. The accreditation comes after it also became a member of the Q Guild last year.

Mark Etherington, managing director, said: “I am incredibly proud of the team here at Brian Etherington Meat Co. SALSA is an additional signifier of quality that helps us to move forward and drive future business. The certificate on the wall is recognition of hard work, dedication and excellent standards of practice.

“I believe that the more accreditation we can achieve, the better it is for our company. SALSA is not only a measure of success, but an added resource to help us grow and compete in the national marketplace.”

SALSA is a non-profit-making joint venture between the National Farmers’ Union, the Food and Drink Federation, the British Hospitality Association and the British Retail Consortium. It said its certification 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.

Brian Etherington Meat Company supplies meat and other produce to businesses around the country. It is a third-generation family business established in 1954, which employs more than 50 local people. The Scorrier-based company expanded in 2013 to include a farm shop, butchery academy and conference facility.

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