Red Tractor Assurance Meat Processing Scheme (formerly part of ABM)
Red Tractor Assurance sets out to maintain, develop and promote integrated Assurance standards for the benefit of its members within the red meat industry. The aim is to provide consumers and retailers with confidence about product quality attributes including food safety and traceability and animal welfare.
The Red Tractor Assurance Meat Processing (RTA MP) scheme provides a single, meat specific standard that is suitable for single and multi species plants, regardless of business size and type. The scope of the RTA MP scheme, which previously covered slaughter and cutting of beef and lamb, has now been extended (from 1st May 2012) to include:
- slaughter of assured pigs
- cutting of assured pork, chicken and turkey
- manufacture of assured pork sausages
- slicing and handling of assured cooked meats
The standard ensures the maintenance of Assurance through every step of processing of an animal into meat and is a recognised part of the assured chain that allows the Red Tractor logo to be used on the consumer product. It is the final link in the assurance supply chain, completing the farm, livestock transport and auction market schemes.
The RTA MP scheme allows for integration with BRC Global Standard for Food Safety and the EBLEX QSM standard.