Audits are carried out by the IDFL 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 where an ‘agent-based’ or ‘collector-based’ supply chain is identified. In this situation the sheer volume of small family farms with small flock sizes makes its impractical to visit every single one.
We therefore rely on IDFL to carry out a risk-assessment and visit a requisite number of farms in a defined geographic area, sufficient to draw accurate conclusions. Supply-chains are mapped and verified through a process of verifying and checking paper-work, carrying out face-to-face interviews and documenting conditions and practices with photographic records.