Posted on 22nd April 2022
April marks six months since the Red Tractor farm assurance standards were updated, and we are still coming into contact with farmers who are unaware of the changes.
At the start of 2021, Red Tractor undertook an industry-wide consultation and received over 3,000 pieces of feedback, mainly around the need to enhance human safety and animal health and welfare.
One of the main changes introduced was the requirement for all farms with workers to have a written health and safety policy. Red Tractor inspectors will want to see this policy during their visits and will be looking for any shortcomings.
Red Tractor also made considerable alterations to animal welfare standards.
Red Tractor standards were introduced in 2000, and in the last 22 years, there have been five major updates as the scheme keeps up with customer expectations. The changes outlined above are just a few of the new regulations, that Red Tractor farmers must comply with if they are to receive the best prices. Without compliance, they cannot sell their produce.
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