14 June 2001
Genesis ‘no’ to ACCS – for now

By FARMERS WEEKLY staff

ALTERNATIVE assurance company Genesis has ruled out offering scheme verification under licence to a rival — for the time being at least.

Genesis managing director Martin Barker insists his company has no plans to approach Assured Combinable Crops Scheme (ACCS) with a deal.

“We do not want to pursue that route,” he insisted.

Cross-licensing between ACCS and Farm Assured British Beef and Lamb (FABBL) may allow one verifier to cover two schemes with one visit.

But Genesis is still the only company to offer an integrated, whole farm assurance package, says Mr Barker.

Maltsters, compounders, shippers and millers, apart from Rank Hovis McDougall, now accept Genesis grain on equal terms to ACCS, he says.

And Mr Barker says ACCS is no nearer achieving accreditation with the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) than Genesis.

But Mr Barker did not dismiss the possibility of a link-up with ACCS provided Genesis gained UKAS accreditation first.

“If we get it first, perhaps ACCS will want to operate our standards under licence,” he said.

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