Agriculture and raw materials
Good quality products require good quality ingredients. Increasingly, crop raw materials are grown with a specific final product in mind: particular fruit and vegetable varieties are directed to the fresh produce market, whereas others are suitable for canning or freezing.
The way that they are produced is also important - segregation of organically and conventionally grown raw materials has been a major issue for several years, and this has highlighted the need for good traceability systems.
Campden BRI has been closely involved with these food chain issues for over half a century and we are the people to contact with questions on raw material production systems and post-harvest operations, including pesticide issues such as pesticide taint testing, and how the agricultural production and distribution chain should be managed and monitored.
Two Lists of Accepted Agrochemicals for the brewing industry have been developed; one for cereals and one for hops. Additional guidance for using the hop list can be found here. The Accepted List for cereals details the agrochemicals that are accepted for use on malting barley or wheat and, for each active ingredient, lists the EU and Codex Maximum Residue Limits (MRL), EU and UK expiry dates and any limitations of use. The Accepted List for Hops details similar information for hops grown in the UK, hops grown in the EU but outside of the UK and hops imported into the UK from outside the EU.
Campden BRI offers a comprehensive analytical and testing service to support the needs of the milling and baking industries. The service includes comprehensive cereal, flour and dough rheology testing. The expertise driven service is supported by extensive particle reduction and measurement facilities. The laboratory provides testing accredited to ISO17025:2005 by UKAS.
Where we refer to UKAS Accreditation
The Campden BRI group companies listed below are both accredited in accordance with the recognised International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005 by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The accreditation demonstrates technical competence for a defined scope of methods, specific to each site, as detailed in the schedules of accreditation bearing the testing laboratory number. The schedules may be revised from time to time and reissued by UKAS. The most recent issue of the schedules are available from the UKAS website www.ukas.com
Campden BRI (Chipping Campden) Limited is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1079 Campden BRI (Nutfield) is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1207