Red Tractor Assurance Livestock Transport Scheme (formerly ABM/ABP)
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, animal welfare and environmental protection.
The Red Tractor Assurance Scheme sets out standards of best practice for livestock hauliers and is an integral link in the Assurance chain for livestock (between the assured farm, livestock market, collection centre and abattoir). The standard focuses on ensuring that the traceability of the livestock continues, that animal welfare is maintained throughout the duration of the journey and vehicles are clean so that the meat produced is free from contamination.
Previously jointly owned by Assured British Meat (ABM) and Assured British Pigs (ABP), the Red Tractor Assurance Livestock Transport Scheme was fully integrated into Assured Food Standards (AFS) on 1 January 2009. It is managed on behalf of the livestock sectors by the beef and lamb management team.