Our Viterra agricultural assets in Canada and Australia, acquired at the end of 2012, had strong risk management resources, knowledge and experience. Various learnings from these assets are being shared across the Group where possible. Some examples of best practice we hope to expand to other Group operations include:
- Establishing processes to track and identify crops at every stage of production, from seed to customer delivery
- Compliance with ISO 22000 food safety management system requirements for organisations within the food chain: these demonstrate organisations can control food safety hazards to ensure food is safe at the time of human consumption
- The Canadian port terminals and several other sites comply with the GMP+ B3 standard for quality control of foreign feed material suppliers (many of our other industrial assets in the agriculture business throughout the Group already comply with this standard)
- Specially designated grain handling facilities that ship canola to biofuel markets in Europe have been certified as sustainable: these facilities and certain farmers are certified under the ISCC scheme.
- All workers involved in the storage and handling of grain undergo extensive quality and food safety training
- On delivery, all grain is quality tested and segregated by grade, allowing us to assemble cargos to specific customer requirements: our comprehensive grain classification and residue testing procedures comply with industry standards and ensure the highest quality and food safety requirements
- Dedicated laboratory facilities, accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities, oversee all quality testing at sites, ensuring consistency and reliability of grain quality