Dunns (Long Sutton) Ltd, who are one of the oldest agricultural businesses in the UK, has retained the latest seed industry accreditation designed to highlight the sector’s commitment to end-user and environmental responsibility: ESTA (European Seed Treatment Assurance).
ESTA was devised by the European Seed Association and seed treatment manufacturers in response to an EU Directive that requires the application of insecticide seed treatments to be carried out only in professional seed treatment facilities.
“The scheme was developed to preserve essential plant protection products, protect international trade and ensure ongoing sector investment ahead of any additional EU legislation,” says Franek Smith of Dunns.
“Being ESTA accredited means Dunns has been recognised as treating seed in the safest manner possible, reflecting our industry-leading standards,” he explains.
“The ESTA scheme examines quality systems such as chemical storage, calibration control and risk assessment through Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) standards, with a key focus on dust control. The standard can be audited at any time, so accurate records have to be maintained.
Dunns first achieved ESTA one year ago upon its inception, the retaining of this award reflects the quality mantra that runs throughout the Dunns’ business”, says Mr Smith.
“Our ISO14001 accreditation has also allowed us to be considerably more aware of our environmental impact and we feel this is reflected in the zero non-conformances we received during this year’s ESTA audit.”
“Our farmer customers can be sure that the seed they buy, whether it is grain, pulses or oilseeds, is treated to the highest possible standard while having minimal impact on the environment.
For further information regarding seed or ESTA, please contact the Dunns office on 01406 362141.