Through hard work and support from the community, we have exceeded our target, with nearly 600 shoots signed up to the BGA already. We are very pleased to say that 50% of those shoots have already received an audit last season and we aim to audit the rest of the remaining member shoots
in the next season.
The BGA encourages registered shoots to embrace the audit process. It is a process to help each shoot understand what abiding to “best practice” means and to make any changes, if necessary, with the help from the auditor. As part of our registration agreement a shoot agrees to adhere to the BGA Assurance scheme standards, and so the assessment is a means of verifying this.
The assessments are carried out by a specialist team from Lloyds Register (formerly Acoura), an independent inspection and certification body. As well as a good background in shooting and agriculture, they have received specialist training from the GWCT.
Following our first season of audits, these were the three most common non-compliances:
1. Not being registered with the Environmental Health Department of Local Authority as a Food Business.
This is easily solved and is a legal requirement in most circumstances. The shoot should contact the Environmental Health Department of their Local Authority to register as a Food Business
2. Not keeping or incomplete medicine purchase, administration and disposal records.
This is a legal requirement in all circumstances, the BGA provide a record template for all members to keep records on file, but other formats are acceptable provided all the required information is recorded. It is also a legal requirement that these records must be kept for a minimum of 5 years.
3. Not recording temperatures at least twice daily when a chiller is in use on a shoot.
Not all shoots require a chiller, for example if your game is for personal consumption, this is not required. If you are selling your game, your shoot requires a chiller and the temperature must be recorded twice daily. This can be easily resolved by buying a temperature logger from websites such as Amazon for around £30. Written records are also acceptable.
4. Disposal of Game unfit for human consumption & processed game carcasses
This can only be disposed of by use of an APHA registered and approved incinerator; collection by a member of the National Fallen Stock Company (NFSCO) or via an Approved and Registered Animal By-Product Premises.
Game awaiting incineration or disposal must be stored securely and in a manner that protects them from vermin and other animals.
5. Fixtures and Fittings in the Larder/Chiller
Fixtures and fittings in the in a larder and/chiller must be made of impervious, non-absorbent, washable and nontoxic materials. Metal work must be clean and free of rust. Wooden rails or battens are not acceptable. Floors must be well maintained – no peeling paint, free from cracks, joints with walls sealed. Doors and windows well maintained and vermin proof. Lighting protected or
shatterproof bulbs used.
Prior to an assessment a shoot is notified that they will be contacted to agree a date for an assessment. This notification will include links to information that a shoot may find helpful when preparing for the assessment.
An assessor from Lloyds Register (formerly Acoura) will contact the shoot to agree a time and date for the assessment. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, this must take place within 8 weeks of the first contact by the assessor.
The BGA welcomes all shoots of all sizes to join. For more information on how to sign up a shoot, become a supporter or the audit process, please visit www.britishgamealliance.co.uk.