Growers urged to give views on revision of Red Tractor standards

The UK's largest farm assurance scheme, Red Tractor, is consulting on changes to its farm standards to be implemented in October 2017, in order to ensure the scheme reflects consumers' concerns and changes in legislation.

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Red Tractor standards are reviewed every three years by Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) made up of industry experts including farmers, trade associations, processors and retailers.

The current consultation is open until the end of the year, with responses invited through farming organisations.

Assured Food Standards chief executive David Clarke said: "We want to work together to ensure that we have a modern, progressive scheme that is something to shout about across the world.

"The needs of UK farming’s customers continually evolve and it’s vital that we do the same to stay ahead of the game."

In the fresh produce sector, standards have been significantly upgraded to minimise the risk of product contamination, the Red Tractor website states. "The track record of UK-grown produce has actually been very good but we have still taken the opportunity to propose some improvements in this area."

NFU head of food and farming Phil Bicknell said: "It is vital that farmers voice their opinion and continue to influence the continuing standard of assurance that the Red Tractor gives to the public.

"Farm assurance continues to evolve and all of the NFU commodity boards will be discussing the proposals at both national and regional levels. We urge members to feed into this process."

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