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Raw meat production

Red Tractor Processor
& Packer Licensing Criteria

To be a Red Tractor Processor and Packer licensee, your product must be appropriately certified at each stage of the production chain and you must hold a valid licence. This applies to food producers who want to use the Red Tractor logos and also to those who want to make a claim about Red Tractor as part of their business operation irrespective of whether the Red Tractor logo is used on the final product.

Use the Red Tractor licensing guide by sector below to understand what certification is required at each stage of the food supply chain to be granted a Red Tractor Processor and Packer licence.

chicken

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Poultry

pork

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Pork

beef-lamb

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Beef & Lamb

dairy

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Dairy

crops

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Crops

fresh-produce

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Fresh Produce

Farm

Red Tractor Assurance for Farms Poultry Scheme as applicable:

  • Broiler & Poussin Standards
  • Broiler & Poussin (Chicken) Free-Range Standards
  • Turkey Standards (includes Free-Range Standards)
  • Duck Standards (includes Free-Range Standards)

Transport

Red Tractor Poultry Catching and Transport Scheme

Abattoirs, First Processors and Purchasers

Abattoir & Cutting plant

Red Tractor Assurance Meat and Poultry Processing Scheme

OR

Red Tractor Assurance Meat and Poultry Processing Scheme (Poultry Welfare AND Traceability modules only) + BRC

Cutting Plant only

Red Tractor Meat and Poultry Processing Scheme

OR

BRC

Catering Butcher

Red Tractor Meat and Poultry Processing Scheme

OR

BRC

OR

NACB

Please note: Where third-party certification is solely being used or where certification to a third-party scheme along with certification to a Red Tractor scheme, the licensee must provide a full list of assured suppliers to Red Tractor.

Further Processing and Packing

Red Tractor Meat and Poultry Processing Scheme

OR

BRC

OR

NACB

Please note: Where third-party certification is solely being used or where certification to a third-party scheme along with certification to a Red Tractor scheme, the licensee must provide a full list of assured suppliers to Red Tractor.

Farm

Red Tractor Assurance for Farms Pigs Scheme

OR

QMS (Quality Meat Scotland)

Transport

Red Tractor Assurance for Livestock – Transport Scheme

OR

Red Tractor farm member’s own transport (inspected as part of Red Tractor farm assurance assessment)

OR

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Haulage Scheme

If applicable, Red Tractor Assurance for Livestock – Markets & Collection Centre Scheme

Abattoirs, First Processors and Purchasers

Abattoir & Cutting Plant

Red Tractor Assurance Meat and Poultry Processing Scheme

OR

BMPA British Quality Assured Pork Scheme (BQAP)

OR

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Processor Assurance Scheme

OR

Red Tractor Assurance Meat and Poultry Processing Scheme (Animal Welfare AND Traceability modules only) + BRC

Cutting Plant Only

Red Tractor Assurance Meat and Poultry Processing Scheme

OR

BQAP

OR

BRC

Catering Butcher

Red Tractor Assurance Meat and Poultry Processing Scheme

OR

BQAP

OR

BRC

OR

NACB

Please note: Where third-party certification is solely being used with the exception of BQAP, or where certification to a third-party scheme along with certification to a Red Tractor scheme, the licensee must provide a full list of assured suppliers to Red Tractor.

Further Processing and Packing

Sausages

Red Tractor Meat and Poultry Processing Scheme (Assured Pork Sausages Module)

OR

BQAP (Pork Sausage Module 5)

Bacon

BQAP (Bacon Module 3)

All Other Pork Products

Red Tractor Meat and Poultry Processing Scheme

OR

BQAP

OR

BRC

OR

NACB

Please note: Where third-party certification is solely being used with the exception of BQAP, or where certification to a third-party scheme along with certification to a Red Tractor scheme, the licensee must provide a full list of assured suppliers to Red Tractor.

Further processing (cooking)

Ham

BQAP (Ham Module 4)

All Other Cooked Products

BRC

OR

NACB

Please note: Where third-party certification is solely being used with the exception of BQAP, or where certification to a third-party scheme along with certification to a Red Tractor scheme, the licensee must provide a full list of assured suppliers to Red Tractor.

Farm

Red Tractor Assurance for Farms Beef & Lamb Scheme

OR

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS)

OR

Farm Assured Welsh Livestock (FAWL)

OR

Northern Ireland Beef & Lamb Farm Quality Assurance Scheme (NIBL FQAS)

Transport

Red Tractor Assurance for Livestock – Transport Scheme

OR

Red Tractor farm member’s own transport (inspected as part of Red Tractor farm assurance assessment)

OR

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Haulage Scheme

If applicable, Red Tractor Assurance for Livestock – Markets & Collection Centre Scheme

Abattoirs, First Processors and Purchasers

Abattoir Only

Red Tractor Assurance Meat & Poultry Processing Scheme

OR

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Processor Assurance Scheme

Abattoir & Cutting Plant

Red Tractor Assurance Meat and Poultry Processing Scheme

OR

Red Tractor Assurance Meat and Poultry Processing Scheme (Animal Welfare AND Traceability modules only) + BRC

Cutting Plant Only

Red Tractor Meat and Poultry Processing Scheme

OR

BRC

Catering Butcher

Red Tractor Meat And Poultry Processing Scheme

OR

BRC

OR

NACB

Please note: Where third-party certification is solely being used or where certification to a third-party scheme along with certification to a Red Tractor scheme, the licensee must provide a full list of assured suppliers to Red Tractor.

Further Processing and Packing

Red Tractor Meat And Poultry Processing Scheme

OR

BRC

OR

NACB

Please note: Where third-party certification is solely being used or where certification to a third-party scheme along with certification to a Red Tractor scheme, the licensee must provide a full list of assured suppliers to Red Tractor.

Further processing (cooking)

BRC

OR

NACB

Please note: Where third-party certification is solely being used or where certification to a third-party scheme along with certification to a Red Tractor scheme, the licensee must provide a full list of assured suppliers to Red Tractor.

Farm

Cow’s Milk

Red Tractor Assurance for Farms Dairy Scheme

Goat’s Milk

Goat Farmers Dairy Scheme (UK)

Transport

Dairy Transport Assurance Scheme (DTAS)

First Processors and Purchasers

First Purchaser Milk Procurement Office – defined as office that manages the sourcing of Assured Milk from certified Assured Dairy Farms

Must be members of the Red Tractor First Purchaser scheme which mean they are required to have an annual assessment of their procedures. They are not required to be a Red Tractor licensee.

Processor (Liquid Milk) – defined as factory that takes delivery of raw milk which it then processes, packs and labels for sale to Retailers and Food Service in the form of milk or milk related products e.g. cream

BRC (across all processing sites)

OR 

SALSA (across all processing sites)

Dairy Licensees who are also First Purchasers

The licensee shall have systems in place for the testing of raw milk samples, taken at bulk tank level for payment and quality control purposes.

Please note: Where third-party certification is solely being used or where certification to a third-party scheme along with certification to a Red Tractor scheme, the licensee must provide a full list of assured suppliers to Red Tractor.

Further Processing and Packing

Dairy Product Processor – such as butter and cheese

Milk must be sourced from a registered Red Tractor First Purchaser or Red Tractor licensed site and they must have the following valid accreditation:

BRC

OR

SALSA

Dairy Packers – factories that bring in bulk product, break it down for packing and labelling for sale to Retailers/Food Service

BRC

OR

SALSA

Please note: Where third-party certification is solely being used or where certification to a third-party scheme along with certification to a Red Tractor scheme, the licensee must provide a full list of assured suppliers to Red Tractor.

Farm

Red Tractor Assurance for Farms Combinable Crops & Sugar Beet Scheme

Transport

Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC)

OR

RT farm member’s own transport (inspected as part of Red Tractor farm assurance assessment)

First Processors and Purchasers

Grain Millers, Oil Producers, Sugar Beet Processors

BRC

OR

SALSA

Maltster – Processors who take in grain to be malted

Must be a member of the Assured UK Malt Scheme. They are not required to be a Red Tractor licensee.

Please note: Where third-party certification is solely being used or where certification to a third-party scheme along with certification to a Red Tractor scheme, the licensee must provide a full list of assured suppliers to Red Tractor.

Further Processing and Packing

Processor or Packer – Factories that take delivery of processed crops and/or sugar beet and produce a product or malt brews or distils before then packing/labelling for Retail or Foodservice sale

BRC

OR

SALSA

Please note: Where third-party certification is solely being used or where certification to a third-party scheme along with certification to a Red Tractor scheme, the licensee must provide a full list of assured suppliers to Red Tractor.

Farm

Red Tractor Assurance for Farms Fresh Produce Scheme

Transport

Not currently required

First Processors and Purchasers

Combined Grower and Packer – packing only their own product

Red Tractor Assurance for Farms Fresh Produce Scheme

Combined Grower and Packer – packing other farm’s product

BRC

OR

SALSA

Off-site Packhouse – packhouse not on Red Tractor certified grower’s farm

BRC

OR

SALSA

Please note: Where third-party certification is solely being used or where certification to a third-party scheme along with certification to a Red Tractor scheme, the licensee must provide a full list of assured suppliers to Red Tractor.

Further Processing and Packing

Produce Processor & Packer – a food business/factory washing/preparing/cutting/cooking produce for sale in a ready to cook or eat state

BRC

OR

SALSA

Please note: Where third-party certification is solely being used or where certification to a third-party scheme along with certification to a Red Tractor scheme, the licensee must provide a full list of assured suppliers to Red Tractor.