Farm Assurance: our standards
From 1st September 2016, we'll be looking in more detail at all of the meat on your menu. You will need to ensure that all meat* is sourced from farms assured by one of the welfare schemes named in Catering Mark standard 1.2 (such as RSPCA Assured, Red Tractor or Organic). The sector-specific Standard handbooks are here.
Extract from standard 1.2
Please note, at present there are no meat products from Thailand or New Zealand that we’re aware of which are assured by any of the schemes recognised by the Catering Mark standards. Alternatives will be required to be sourced to achieve or retain the Catering Mark.
The Farm Assurance schemes listed all have recognition agreements in place with Red Tractor. Certificates from schemes other than those named in the Catering Mark handbook will not be accepted.
The easiest way to ensure your meat complies with this standard is to source only Farm Assured meat from farms accredited by the assurance schemes listed, choose meat that is RSPCA-assured or purchase organic meat.
Red Tractor and the other Farm Assurance schemes listed ensure that minimum UK legal standards for farm animals are met. The RSPCA Assured standards offer better animal welfare than Farm Assurance so they meet this requirement and earn points at Silver and Gold – as do organic standards which deliver the highest possible levels of animal welfare.
If you’re not sure about any of your meat products, check with your Certification Officer or Development Manager.
If you need to find a supplier of compliant meat products, the Catering Mark Supplier Scheme can help. You can use the form below to get in touch with us.
*There are exceptional permissions available for a limited number of meat products to be served without Farm Assurance where there is a known lack of availability. Please see here for further details, the conditions of these permissions and how to obtain them.