Turkey quality scheme moves to Red Tractor

UK turkey producers will not be affected by the transfer of ownership of the Quality British Turkey (QBT) scheme to Red Tractor, the UK’s largest farm assurance certification body, its poultry chairman has said. 

For the past 10 years, a mutual recognition agreement has existed, which ensured that turkey produced to QBT standards could benefit from being sold with the Red Tractor consumer logo, but from this month ownership has been transferred from the British Poultry Council to Red Tractor Assurance.

Andy Lewins, Red Tractor poultry chairman described the transition as “seamless”.

“QBT’s standards were rooted in traceability, animal welfare and food safety and are similar in nature to the standards Red Tractor sets out in its poultry scheme,” Lewins said.

“Becoming part of the wider poultry scheme allows for smooth administration and will mean a sound future for turkey assurance.”

The scheme will now be known as the Red Tractor Farm Assurance scheme for Turkeys and independent assessment body SAI Global will continue to be producers’ main point of contact for membership, assessments and certification.

According to British Poultry Council chief executive, Richard Griffiths, the move would strengthen consumer trust towards British turkey production.

“We need to know where it came from, how it was grown, that it is of good quality, that it supports our communities and that it will be available again tomorrow, next week and next year,” he said.

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