Beef and Lamb Assurance Schemes
Farm Assurance Schemes are voluntary schemes which establish production standards covering food safety, environmental protection and animal welfare.
The AHDB Beef and Lamb Quality Standard Mark Scheme for beef and lamb and the Red Tractor scheme from Red Tractor Assurance both provide a guarantee of assurance, encompassing food safety, animal welfare and care for the environment.
The AHDB Beef and Lamb Quality Standard Mark Scheme builds on this by embracing additional eating quality requirements. The two schemes sit side-by-side as perfect partners, offering retailers and caterers the choice.
The schemes are distinguished by individual brand logos, which also indicate the origin of the product. The flag in the Red Tractor logo indicates the state of origin (eg British, with the Union flag) but the QSM Scheme can be more precise (eg English, using the St George’s flag or British, with the Union flag).
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AHDB Beef and Lamb Quality Standard Mark Scheme
The Quality Standard Mark Scheme for beef and lamb provides one of the highest levels of independently-inspected quality assurance for meat in the United Kingdom. Equivalent to the Red Tractor scheme, the standards contain combined guarantees of food safety, animal welfare and care for the environment with additional requirements also providing a guarantee of consistent eating quality.
Red Tractor assurance standards for beef and lamb encompass food safety, animal welfare, environmental protection and traceability. The basic welfare needs of sheep and cattle must not be compromised at any stage of their lives and farmers must ensure that their farming practices do not damage the environment. Animals need to be identifiable and traceable back to their farms of origin and moved in clean vehicles so that the beef and lamb produced is free from contamination and safe to eat. For more information, visit www.redtractor.org.uk
The table below provides a summary of the guaranteed assurance standards associated with each scheme.