Focus on food quality assurance schemes. Last week we wrote about how increased consumer awareness and interest in food standards have led to many food quality assurance schemes reviewing or refining their practices. This week we take a closer look at some of those schemes and what they offer to both producers and consumers:
Focus on food quality assurance schemes – Red Tractor
The Red Tractor standard adds important meat-specific details to the framework of BRC Global Standards. Managed by Assured Food Standards, the Red Tractor mark can be found on lamb, beef, pig products, poultry, dairy, fruit and vegetables. The scheme covers meat processing and regulates production standards based around food safety, hygiene, animal welfare and the environment that the food is produced in – with full supply chain traceability. All food producers involved in the scheme must be licensed by Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) – which is subject to a comprehensive inspection programme – in order to use the logo.
Focus on food quality assurance schemes – Welsh Beef/Lamb (PGI)
To meet the criteria of this scheme, animals must be born and reared in Wales, fully traceable and slaughtered and processed in an approved abattoir or cutting plant. Local authority Trading Standards complete the control and monitoring of the animals throughout the rest of the supply chain. This ensures that only beef or lamb that meets the correct criteria is marketed as Welsh.
Eblex Quality Standard Mark
This assurance standard is applied for beef and lamb and is one of several assurance schemes that work alongside Red Tractor to offer additional guarantee of eating quality. The animals in the scheme come from British farm-assured farms and meet specific criteria including carcass classifications and maturation times.
Freedom Food (RSPCA Assured)
The Freedom Food scheme is owned and monitored by the RSPCA. The scheme focuses specifically on the welfare of the animals involved, adhering to stricter criteria than Red Tractor to ensure that the animals are treated effectively at every stage of the process, including how they are transported and killed.
Soil Association Certification is concerned with organic produce. The SA are the UK’s largest organic certification body. They currently provide certification for more than 70% of all organic products sold in the UK, including food and farming, textiles and beauty products. The claim that their organic logo is the most recognised assurance standard in the UK.
This year is our twentieth anniversary of serving the food industry at Niche. Over the last twenty years we have helped many satisfied food industry customers to achieve quality assurance at every step of their production process by providing systems that are tailored to suit each client. These ensure that they can confidently monitor every step of their food production process as it is gathered, packaged or processed. Contact us today to find out how we can help your business to monitor food traceability and provide quality assurance to all of your customers.