What does the Red Tractor mean? The Red Tractor logo confirms that our independent assessors have checked food or drink meets our comprehensive standards, from farms to fork. Our standards cover the following: 1. Traceability The flag in the Red Tractor logo tells you where the food has been farmed, processed and packed. To follow this traceability trail, all users have to keep comprehensive records of their livestock and crops. 2. Food Safety and Hygiene Food given to Red Tractor animals on the farm is safe for them to eat, so there is no risk of contamination to the meat and milk produced Red Tractor dairy farmers have to meet strict standards of hygiene; from the way they milk the cows to how they store the milk for collection. When it comes to your fruit and vegetables, our standards ensure that water used for irrigation and washing is clean and that workers follow the best standards of hygiene, even when working in the fields. 3 Animal Welfare We know it is important to you that farmers protect the health and welfare of animals. Our standards make sure that our farmers are competent to look after animals, understand their needs and that the animal’s health and welfare is regularly checked. The Red Tractor logo means that animals have adequate space, and safe and comfortable housing or shelter. Just like you, our animals need a nutritious diet to stay healthy. Our standards require that all animals have unlimited access to fresh, clean drinking water and are provided with well balanced meals. All farmers who keep livestock must keep a written health plan and medicine records so that they can monitor the health of their animals and prevent them from becoming unwell. It also helps the farmer to know when he needs to call the vet. 4. Environmental Protection Farmers under the Red Tractor scheme must use responsible farming methods to minimise pollution. This means making sure that pesticide and fertilisers are stored safely and are applied correctly to the crop. To protect the environment, crop farmers and fruit and veg growers have to minimise the impact their farming practices have on wildlife, fauna and flora.