In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the risks involved, Bord Bia has postponed all audits, across all schemes for the next two months.
In a statement, a Bord Bia spokesperson said: “The risk of exposure or transmission of Covid-19 during the audit process can be greatly reduced by following the Department of Health guidelines around social distancing; however, the risk cannot be completely eliminated.”
“Therefore, in order to do our part in controlling the spread of Covid-19, Bord Bia has decided to postpone all audits, across our schemes for two months and extend the validity of current certificates where applicable for an initial period of 60 days. Such an extension scenario is already provided for within the standard,”
“We will continue to act on the advice of the Department of Health and the HSE in order to monitor the risks associated with the audit process, and will directly inform our members when normal auditing practices can resume,” the spokesperson concluded.