Red Tractor calls for view on standards

Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) is calling for the industry to give its views on the latest update to its Meat Processing Standards, which will be implemented in summer 2016.

The standards, which include welfare and traceability, currently relate to the processing of beef, lamb and pigs. Following a review, which was carried out in conjunction with a number of technical specialists, chicken slaughter standards have now been included.

We review our standards every three years as a matter of course, to ensure they keep up to date with new legislation and keep pace with emerging industry issues, said Anita Roberts, RTA head of assurance.

With this review, we decided to extend these standards to cover chicken slaughter as well as beef, lamb and pork, to ensure the same detailed and prescriptive standards are applied across all Red Tractor meat products.

The revised standards also include detail on the controls processors need to have in place to ensure that the Red Tractor logo only gets used on eligible products. The standards have also been refreshed with a new design and wording.

Responses to the consultation, which can be viewed online at www.redtractorassurance.org.uk/mpconsultation, must be submitted by 11 January 2016.

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