What is Red Tractor Assurance?
Red Tractor is a food assurance scheme which covers production standards developed by experts on safety, hygiene, animal welfare and the environment amongst other things. The Red Tractor logo on pack means your food or drink has met these responsible production standards and is fully traceable back to independently inspected farms in the UK.
Take a look at our animation that tells you more about and what goes on behind the Red Tractor logo.
Who runs the Red Tractor Scheme?
Red Tractor Assurance is a small organisation, and its administrative costs are met by assurance fees and licence payments from farmers and food companies. We are owned by the entire food industry but we operate independently on a not-for-profit basis, with an independent chairman in charge of our affairs. This enables us to benefit from a wide range of experience and expertise without giving any one organisation or link in the supply chain undue influence.
Expertise from the top
The interests represented on our board relate to each of the key links in the food chain, with representatives of the National Farmers’ Union, the Ulster Farmers’ Union, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, Dairy UK and the British Retail Consortium. The Food and Drink Federation provides valued input. The board also includes independent experts – prominent academics and specialist scientists, plus experts representing consumers, veterinary science and the environment.
Where can I find Red Tractor Assured food?
You’ll find the Red Tractor logo on a huge range of products, from meat, poultry, fruit, vegetables and dairy products to flour, sugar and even beer. Look out for it in all the major supermarkets, on hundreds of your favourite brands and on a growing number of restaurant menus. When you know where to look, it’s easier than ever to buy, cook and eat Red Tractor food and drink. The logo will appear in a variety of positions. It could be on the front, back or side of the pack.
We trace it, so you can trust it.
We all want to know that the food we are buying is safe and this only comes from knowing where the raw ingredients come from and the standards to which they are produced, which is why all suppliers in the Red Tractor food chain are inspected and certified by an independent professional body. The Red Tractor certifies that food has been produced to independently inspected standards right across the food chain – from farm to pack.
Working with farmers
Red Tractor is becoming a key asset of the UK agricultural industry, with over 78,000 farm enterprises committed to farming to responsible standards under the Red Tractor Scheme. To achieve certification farmers must meet hundreds of individual standards, covering a wide range of criteria from reducing the impact their farming methods have on the countryside to detailed standards that help protect the health and welfare of farm animals.