The British Sandwich Association (BSA) has announced that is it the first trade association to use the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme to set standards for its members.

The Association, which already operates an accreditation scheme for sandwich manufacturers and suppliers to the industry, will in future require that its retail members have a minimum food hygiene rating of three.

Jim Winship, director of the BSA, said that while the Association had been auditing sandwich manufacturers for over 20 years, since it was founded in 1990, the new FSA scheme will also enable it to monitor food hygiene standards across its retail members.

“Although the scheme is still being rolled out, we believe it offers a real incentive for encouraging food businesses to make food safety a priority,” he added.