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BMPA partners with Acoura to develop Pork Scheme
Published:  30 January, 2017

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has teamed up with food safety and certification provider Acoura to give its Pork Scheme members a wider choice of audit providers and an increased range of combined services. 

The Pork Scheme is a BMPA initiative, which covers pork, bacon, sausages, ham and cooked pork with audits, examining several elements such as pig welfare, manufacturing practices and food quality and safety.

“Our members have been asking us for audits for the BMPA’s Pork Schemes for several years and I’m delighted that we will be able to provide them with the service they require,” said Tim Bailey, Acoura’s managing director for agriculture and food processing.

“We’ll be offering BMPA audits alongside other complementary services such as BRC, organic certification and retailer bolt-ons, with a view to combining them into one inspection service wherever possible.

“Additionally, we aim to work in partnership with the BMPA to help raise awareness and promote the standards to new members and the wider industry.”

Acoura is part of Lloyd’s Register Group and has been operating in the food and beverage sector for more than 25 years. Working in conjunction with more than 1,200 UK food processors, it offers a wide range of inspection, training and advisory services across the entire food and drink supply chain.  

“We’re looking forward to working with Acoura and believe that their wide range of combined audit services, technical expertise and full UK coverage will be of benefit to both our existing and future members,” said Henrietta Sameke, technical policy advisor at the BMPA.

“The BMPA have plans to grow our quality assurance membership and strengthen the brand over the coming year and, through partnering with another specialist in our sector, we hope to bring the benefits of our schemes to a wider audience.”

SAI Global will continue in its capacity as a valued audit provider, with this new partnership being announced in response to feedback from BMPA scheme participants asking for a wider choice of service providers.