Duck assurance scheme broadens scope
An assurance scheme for duck meat, which aims to give consumers confidence that they are buying the best produced duck meat in the market, has broadened its scope to include duck eggs for human consumption.
The Duck Assurance Scheme, which is administered by the British Poultry Council (BPC) and managed by an independently chaired technical advisory committee, was set up to allow duck producers to demonstrate their professionalism and high standards of production. It is independently certified by an accredited body.
Since it was launched in 2010, a total of 54 farms, four hatcheries and three processing facilities have been approved to the standards. The scheme covers the whole supply chain from breeder rearing through to processing of the finished product, and takes a holistic approach, which includes staff training, welfare and environmental protection.