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Red Tractor Meat & Poultry Processing

The Red Tractor Meat & Poultry Processing assurance scheme offers comprehensive support for processing plants. Working with LRQA, the scheme provides a single standard covering animal welfare, food safety and traceability.

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Established in 2000, Red Tractor is an assurance body operated by Assured Food Standards (AFS). Their label acts as an easy indication of quality for consumers, representing thorough standards in food processing. Their Meat & Poultry Processing scheme is primarily aimed at setting a standard across all processing plants throughout the red meat industry.

What are the benefits?

Comprehensive assurance

Assessment provides a single standard that is suitable for single and multi-species plants. It is applicable to the handling and processing of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, chicken, poussin and turkey. The audit covers animal welfare, food safety, traceability, the slaughter of assured livestock, plus specifics in the slicing and handling of sausages, cooked meats and more.

Proven traceability

Upon successful completion of the Red Tractor Meat & Poultry Processing audit, members may benefit from proven traceability on their products. This assures complete provenance of products for trade and consumers, responding to a growing market demand.

Media & marketing

Red Tractor members are supported by media and marketing campaigns to raise the profile of assured meat, increasing awareness and consumer interest.

Why choose us?

Experience & expertise

One of the UK’s first providers of food assurance, LRQA offers specialist services and solutions aimed at protecting businesses who operate within the food and drink industry. 

Year-round technical support

Members of Red Tractor Standards benefit from year-round technical guidance from our Food Assurance team, ensuring your business remains accredited and that your business operates to a high standard.


We will provide assurance audits for this scheme in Scotland and England. Where possible, we will combine audits to save you time and money. Our effective and robust audit processes ensure minimum impact on your day-to-day business.


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