One of the oldest agricultural businesses in the UK has achieved the latest seed industry accreditation, designed to highlight the sector’s commitment to end-user and environmental responsibility.
Dunns (Long Sutton) Limited, which celebrates its 180th birthday this year, is one of the first companies in the country to have been judged to meet the requirements of the European Seed Treatment Assurance (ESTA) scheme.
ESTA was devised by the European Seed Association and seed treatment manufacturers in response to an EU Directive that requires 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.
“Our farmer customers can be sure they are buying seed, whether grain, pulses or oilseeds, that is treated to the highest possible standard while having minimal impact on the environment.”
The award reflects the quality ethos that runs throughout the Dunn’s business, says Mr Smith. “Just over a year ago we achieved A-grade BRC accreditation that confirmed the company’s food product safety, legality and quality. The latest award reflects our determination to meet all our customers’ needs.”