SALSA is a food safety certification scheme for small and micro food businesses who are:

  • Looking to supply food retailers and buyers on a local or regional level

  • Seeking a widely recognised food certification which demonstrates they are producing and supplying products in safe and legal manner

  • Interested in guidance and support to develop a food safety management system specific to their business

  • Looking to gain confidence and support for approaching national and regional food buyers

Suppliers seeking SALSA Approval must first become members of the SALSA scheme. Membership includes the cost of the your SALSA site audit and is based on an annual renewal cycle.

Once businesses have demonstrated, through the audit process, that they are operating to the SALSA Standard, they become fully approved members of the SALSA scheme.

In order to be eligible for a SALSA audit and become approved membership of the Scheme, companies must be operating from commercial, rather than domestic premises.


Please call the SALSA Helpline on 01295 477570 or see our eligibility guide – Which SALSA Standard? to see what's best for your business.

Deciding which SALSA package is right for you depends on two factors; the level of support you need in preparing for your audit and the type of food or drink that you produce

  • If you’re just starting out on your journey and want a guiding hand,including up to two days on site SALSA Mentoring and access to the scheme’s online support, then the SALSA GO! is for you.
  • If you’ve read the SALSA Standard and think you’re nearly there, but may need some help on particular issues, or if time is short and you need to ensure the audit process goes smoothly, you may want to consider a SALSA Extra Package which includes a mentoring day to help you prepare for your audit.
  • If you’re an established business and have fully implemented the SALSA Standard , then you might want to go straight into a SALSA audit package.

For brewers and cheesemakers we also provide specialist options, the SALSA plus Beer Audit Package and the SALSA plus Cheese Audit Package. The ‘plus beer’ option is also available with mentoring as a SALSA Extraplus Beer Audit Package.