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Red Tractor Adds Poultry Meat to Processing Standards

21 December 2015

UK - Food quality mark Red Tractor will soon indicate whether chicken is subject to adequate welfare and traceability standards in processing, as well as other meats, following a review of the standards.

Previously Red Tractor processing standards have just related to beef, lamb and pigs.

The Red Tractor organisation has launched an industry consultation to ask stakeholders what they think of the new standards.

The poultry welfare module covers things like handling, the presence of welfare officers, lairage standards, stunning and killing.

Anita Roberts, RTA head of assurance, said standards were reviewed every three years to ensure they kept up to date with new legislation and emerging industry issues.

“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 details on the controls processors need to have in place to ensure that the Red Tractor logo only gets used on eligible products.”

You can contribute to the consultation here.

ThePoultrySite News Desk

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