AIMS launches Assured Meat Processing Standard

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has launched the Assured Meat Processing Standard (AMPS), which will become United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) approved to EN45011.

Covering beef, lamb, pork and poultry, AIMS will be working with all sectors in the supply chain to promote the new standard.

The standard has been created in response to businesses requesting an alternative option to successfully service their demanding customer base while provenance will play a key role in the scheme, which will guarantee British origin.

A number of meat businesses across the supply chain have already signed up to progress trial audits. AHDB Beef & Lamb has approved AMPS for use in the Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme when product is Farm Assured, fully traceable using an assured chain and meets scheme criteria. AIMS is looking forward to helping AHDB further to develop the QSM which focuses on both provenance and meat eating quality.

AIMS will also be approaching the British Meat Processors Association, which manages the pork QSM with a view to AMPS being accepted up to the cutting and mince level of production.

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