Grain storage guide

Safe, effective grain storage is key to assuring crop quality and helping prevent loss of premiums through claims and rejections.

Safe, effective grain storage is key to assuring crop quality and helping prevent loss of premiums through claims and rejections.

The Grain storage guide was first published in 1999 and has become a key reference for most assurance schemes. This third edition of the Grain storage guide combines information from the previous edition and the results of a five-year Defra and industry-funded LINK research project in a new risk management approach to grain storage based on HACCP principles.

Good storage practice minimises risk throughout the supply chain and safeguards food safety for consumers. The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system is now an integral part of the food and feed industry approach to controlling food-borne safety issues and is promoted in this guide as a best practice approach that will help growers align their businesses with the rest of the supply chain on this critical issue.

Safe storage time calculator

Commercial grain is commonly traded at moisture contents of 15% and above. The food safety risk is partly dependent on temperature but begins to increase above 14.5% moisture content. The impact of any particular temperature and moisture content combination can be assessed using the safe storage time calculator.

Grain dust

This guide should be used in conjunction with the information on possible health hazards associated with exposure to grain dust, issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Visit the HSE website for advice on the precautions needed to prevent or adequately control exposure, as required by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH).

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