Audits are carried out by our auditors at least every 3 years. Audits are currently carried out ‘announced’ but we are committed to carrying out ‘un-announced’ visits where it is deemed appropriate and necessary.
Every wholesaler, every processor, every slaughterhouse and farms which are representative of a particular supply chain are visited, including ‘Parent Farms’ and ‘Mother Goose Farms’. Representative sampling is only used in larger supply chains where it is unfeasible to visit every farm in a supply chain due to the logistical difficulty, cost, and time involved.
We therefore rely on our auditors to visit a requisite number of farms in a defined geographic area, sufficient to draw conclusions which represent the whole supply chain. Supply-chains are mapped and verified through a process of checking and cross-examining paper-work, carrying out face-to-face interviews and documenting conditions and practices with photographic records.