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Key – Those standards which have greater significance (all other standards are normal)

Recommendation – Those which do not affect certification

New – A completely new standard which the member must now adhere to

Revised – A standard that has changed and requires the member to take some different or additional action to before

Upgraded – The standard has been upgraded to a Key standard or from a Recommendation to a full standard

Appendix – Referenced in ‘How you will be measured’. Indicates that additional information is provided in the Appendices, which are available at the end of each section.

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Aim:

TRACEABILITY, ASSURANCE STATUS AND TRADING STATUS

MC.TA.1 Key

Standards

The site must have an effective traceability system (Revised)

How you will be measured

MC.TA.1.a

A clear process is in place for documentation to be reviewed on arrival.

MC.TA.1.b

There is a clear process for all species being gathered on how animals are checked for identification on arrival.

MC.TA.1.c

Livestock movements for all species gathered are registered to the national database within the required timeframe.

MC.TA.1.d

There is evidence that livestock can be traced from their origin to destination using the site’s traceability system.

MC.TA.1.e

A complete record of movements of livestock on to and off the site is available to review.

MC.TA.1.f

Movement records are retained for at least 3 years.

MC.TA.1.g

A record of the total number of animals arriving alive and dead, dying on-site and leaving alive is kept.Note: This information can be held across several documents.
  • Copy of receipt of submission of records or example from software system
  • Complete (paper or electronic) movement records
  • Completed forms (including dated signatures)
  • Movement records
  • Mortality records

MC.TA.2 Key

Standards

Incoming livestock must be identified before they leave the farm to ensure they arrive on-site identified in accordance with legislation

How you will be measured

MC.TA.2.a

Livestock are identified in accordance with legislation.

MC.TA.2.b

The livestock identifiers correlate with movement documentation.

MC.TA.2.c

Only tags lost during transport to the site are replaced whilst on-site.

MC.TA.2.d

Routine tagging of sheep on site is not permitted.

MC.TA.3

Standards

A system is in place to ensure vendors declare key information relevant to assurance, health and welfare

How you will be measured

MC.TA.3.a

Declarations relevant to the destination are made, as per below:Destination - Farm- Standstill period adherence- Holding assurance details- Residency period on assured holding- Transporter details- Medicine treatments and withdrawal periodsDestination - Slaughter- Holding assurance details- Residency period on assured holding- Transporter details- Food Chain information

Site entry/vendor declaration form

MC.TA.4 Key

Standards

Where livestock is claimed to be assured, systems must be in place to verify the assurance requirements

How you will be measured

MC.TA.4.a

A clear process is available to ensure that assurance status claims are verified using the Red Tractor checker or equivalent prior to marketing the livestock.

MC.TA.4.b

The permitted methods of verification outlined in the Appendix are used.

MC.TA.4.c

Evidence of assured haulier from origin.

MC.TA.5

Standards

Systems are in place to ensure assured livestock are identifiable from non-assured livestock

How you will be measured

MC.TA.5.a

Evidence of how assured animals are identified in the collection centre and onward transportation.

MC.TA.5.b

Livestock are managed in batches in field lairage situations to maintain traceability.

MC.TA.6

Standards

Systems are place to ensure that assurance status is communicated at point of sale and through the supply chain