The British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) has appointed NSF-CMi Certification as the new independent auditors for the Lion Code of Practice.
NSF-CMi Certification will provide independent assessment and certification throughout the Lion scheme, encompassing the entire production chain including packing centres, laying farms, rearing farms, hatcheries, breeding farms and feed mills – over 1,750 site inspections.
NSF-CMi Certification will also become the Independent Control Body overseeing the annual collection of samples from egg producing farms that go for laboratory testing to prove that there is no Salmonella present.
The appointment follows a tender process conducted by BEIC for the Lion Code audit contract.
Since its introduction in 1998, the Lion scheme has played a key role in the effective elimination of salmonella from British eggs.
BEIC Chief Executive Mark Williams commented: “BEIC is very pleased to have appointed NSF-CMI to take on the role of independent assessment and certification of the Lion Quality scheme. In addition to Lion Code farm assessments, NSF-CMI will be able to deliver assessment services for on farm IPPC environmental audits, and for Lion egg product plants. We will also be working towards joint farm audits where appropriate.”
David Richardson, Managing Director of NSF-CMi Certification, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected by BEIC to deliver the prestigious Lion Code scheme. The scheme is a shining example of what can be achieved by an industry when it pulls together to achieve a quality objective and is a clear demonstration of the vital contribution that a quality assurance scheme can make to public health.”