New-look farm assurance standards published

Red Tractor has completely revamped its farm assurance standards, making them significantly shorter, with simple, easy-to-read content that clearly explains what each standard is, why it’s important and what the assessor will be looking for.

Every three years the standards are reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and cover key reputational risks. There are some small changes and these changes have been clearly outlined in handy sector “What Has Changed” leaflets. These are the go-to guide for members to find out what they might need to do differently.

“Our farmers are busy people so I’m sure they’ll welcome the clearer, shorter standards,” Red Tractor vice-chairman and farmer representative Andrew Blenkiron said. “We’ve had unprecedented input into the review from across the farming and food industry and are confident the balance is right. It’s important our standards meet the requirements of customers as well as being practical and achievable to deliver on-farm.”

About 45,000 Red Tractor Farm Assurance members will be receiving a pack in the post in the next couple of weeks that will include a new standards manual for every assured enterprise, a guide to the manual, the “What has Changed” leaflet applicable to each enterprise (including a useful checklist of all the changes) and revised Scheme rules.

All these documents can also be downloaded from: www.redtractorassurance.org.uk/newstandards

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