Davy's Locker first to SALSA in England – Fishupdate.com

Davy’s Locker first to SALSA in England Published:  23 January, 2009

Davy’s Locker in Bridport, Dorset, has become the first seafood processor in England to gain certification to the SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval) scheme with support from Seafish.

SALSA is a joint venture between the National Farmers Union, the Food and Drink Federation, the British Hospitality Association and the British Retail Consortium. Its objective is to provide the UK food industry with an appropriate food safety certification scheme for small and local producers, which is reliable, affordable and effective.

Achieving SALSA certification has allowed Davy’s Locker to improve its business through working with the local community. The staff got involved with a local school during Seafood Fortnight to promote seafood to children and the school were so impressed that they now source all their seafood from Davy’s Locker. They are also looking into supplying the health authority with locally sourced produce since achieving SALSA certification.

Paul Wickham of Davy’s Locker said: “We are committed to sourcing and supplying local fish to our customers whenever possible. Knowing which vessel landed the fish ensures that we can offer the best quality.

“Gaining SALSA certification reinforces our commitment to local sourcing and demonstrates to our customers our principles of quality and service. With the help of our Seafish Account Manger and the Training & Accreditation Team, we received financial support from Seafish to attend a SALSA training workshop and funds towards the mentoring process for the scheme.”

Davy’s Locker also has a five star hygiene rating and will be reporting its success to its customers in a newsletter.

Richard Wardell, Seafish Training and Accreditation Adviser, commented: “Obtaining SALSA certification is a fantastic achievement by Davy’s Locker. It’s pleasing to see that a business which benefited from Seafish funding towards the SALSA scheme has been successful.”

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