A scheme has been launched to make it easier and cheaper for small and medium-sized abattoirs and meat processors to obtain food chain assurance accreditation.
The scheme, which has been developed by the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) and Assured British Meats, could mean that the Red Tractor will appear on packs of meat on sale at farmers’ markets.
This is because it will enable even the smallest meat plants to slaughter or process farm-assured livestock cost-effectively.
Known as the Processor Standard, it will be cheaper to install and operate than existing schemes demanded by supermarkets, and can be run alongside existing HACCP management plans.
A grant of £116,000 over three years has been provided by Defra to help with the costs of installing the scheme.
AIMS policy director Norman Bagley said: “This scheme will allow abattoirs and cutting plants to exploit new business opportunities.”