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Cafes that make and/or sell ice cream will be able to sign up for the new SALSA Plus Ice Cream Standard at the Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show in Harrogate in February.

SALSA is a robust and effective food safety certification scheme which is appropriate for smaller food producers and suppliers such as cafes. It is a non-profit making organisation, that exists to encourage and support small and micro businesses in implementing practices and controls, ensuring food is consistently safe.

The scheme’s wide acceptance by retailers and food service providers has assisted in SALSA becoming the food safety scheme for small businesses with big ambition! Approved suppliers can demonstrate that they operate to standards that are recognised and accepted across the industry and exceed the minimum standards expected by enforcement authorities. SALSA approval is only granted to suppliers who are able to demonstrate to an auditor that they are able to produce and supply safe and legal food and are committed to continually meeting the requirements of the SALSA standard.

SALSA will be exhibiting at the Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show 2023, 7 to 9 February at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate (you’ll find them on the ICA Stand Number 2). It will also be running a series of seminars as part of the show’s free seminar programme.

Who Can Apply?

There are a few eligibility requirements including:-

  1. Are you a Small/Micro (SME) business with a turnover of less than £10 million and have less than 50 members of staff?

  2. Do you operate from commercial (not domestic) premises?

  3. Do you have a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan in place?

  4. Have read or received the SALSA standard?

What Are the Business Benefits of SALSA Certification?

Suppliers become members of the scheme by purchasing an annual membership package. This package covers both annual membership and their site audit by a SALSA-approved auditor.

As members, suppliers receive a range of valuable benefits including:

  • Access to an extensive library of tools and resources, designed specifically to assist a business in its audit preparation and meeting the SALSA Standards for food safety

  • Access to mentoring support from our cohort of professionally qualified and trained mentors

  • Special membership rate for SALSA training courses

  • A company profile which is immediately visible to regional and national buyers through the directory

  • Receive a food safety certification recognised by leading food buyers and retailers nationwide

Further Information

To apply for the SALSA Plus Ice Cream Certification a business must also be a member of the Ice Cream Alliance (the UK’s only ice cream sector trade association). Full information about joining the ICA and SALSA membership can be found at:

Also at the Show

The Demo Kitchen hosted by chef Steph Moon is back by popular demand and will be showcasing recipes and ideas that could be a big hit with your customers. There will also be all the major Flavour Houses, suppliers, wholesalers and equipment companies exhibiting who will entice you with the latest flavours and trends in ice cream.

The Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show is the only trade show for the ice cream sector in the UK. It’s a ‘must visit’

for anyone that makes or sells ice cream.

To register to attend go to:


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