The Specialist Cheesemakers Association (SCA) is an alliance of cheesemakers, retailers, wholesalers and cheese lovers that offers an opportunity to share ideas and increase sales of British cheese. With all the pitfalls, rules and regulations facing the industry today it is no longer possible to operate in isolation, and the SCA can communicate on members behalf with a strong, confident voice.
As well as providing a common voice to Government and media, our objectives are to encourage excellence in cheesemaking, raise the profile of traditional British cheeses, and to provide a forum for members to exchange ideas. The SCA provides help with any quality or hygiene problems and advice on food safety management.
The SCA is working with Cornwall Council in a Primary Authority partnership. Cornwall Council and the SCA Technical Committee have produced an assured advice and guidance document which is based on, and replaces, the SCA Code of Best Practice. The Assured Code has legal backing and enforcement officers within England and Wales are required to have regard to it when carrying out regulatory activities.
The SCA has made available a new SCA Dougal Campbell Cheese Award, including a bursary of £1000 payable to the winner.
The SCA Technical Committee has produced a number of technical guidelines for cheesemakers which will assist members who are seeking to achieve SCA SALSA approval. These are available in the 'members only' section'.
Patron of the SCA: H.R.H. The Prince of Wales