Supporting British Farmers
Published on Wednesday 18th May, 2016
We, at Damika Ltd, are delighted to announce that our factory at Huddersfield has recently been approved to produce ‘Red Tractor’ product.
This now licences us to make product bearing the famous Red Tractor logo, which indicates that our bacon is farmed and prepared to a good standard, covering food safety, animal welfare, traceability and environmental impact.
If you are interested in purchasing either a bulk foodservice product or a MAP retail one, please don't hesitate to contact any of our sales team on 01484 435 243.
So, what is Red Tractor Assurance?
Assuring food safety through every part of the food chain is a vital priority for the food industry and more importantly, for its many millions of consumers. Couple this with the demand for traceability of food and in livestock and meat production, increasing consumer awareness of animal welfare issues, the need for meaningful whole chain food assurance is self evident.
The Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) for Meat Processing Scheme provides effective assurance to internationally recognised Standards and is a fundamental link in an integrated chain of assurance from farmer to retail store.
British meat is world class. It is produced from livestock which are kept on farms that are well managed by committed producers and processed by professional businesses. Certification to the RTA Meat Processing Scheme Standards allows your business to demonstrate to your customers that you meet nationally agreed levels of good commercial practice and it gives an assurance to the final consumer that the product is safe.
The Scheme is owned by Assured Food Standards and replaces the former ABM Abattoir, Cutting and Packing Plant Scheme. The standards are written specifically for meat processing rather than being a generic safe food production standard and covers the core criteria that underpin the Red Tractor Logo, namely Food Safety, Traceability and Animal Welfare. In addition it also incorporates additional criteria for Pork Quality (originally developed by the BMPA).
The scope of the scheme has been expanded to now cover:
• the slaughter of assured cattle, sheep and pigs
• the cutting of assured raw beef, lamb, turkey, chicken and pork and the production of assured sausages
• the handling and slicing of assured cooked beef, lamb, turkey and chicken.