What is Red Tractor Food Assurance?

We are a not-for-profit company that is the UK’s biggest farm and food assurance scheme. We develop standards based on science, evidence, best practice and legislation that cover animal welfare, food safety, traceability and environmental protection. Around 50,000 British farmers are accredited to Red Tractor standards, which form the basis of buying and sourcing specifications for major supermarkets, household brands and restaurant chains, ultimately making life simpler for everyone.

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The year we were founded
A sheep
British farmers working to our world leading standards
Man and woman looking at chickens
Checks a year across the supply chain
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of British Food & Drink carries our logo
By working with Red Tractor farmers, we know that they take pride in producing meat that has been produced in accordance with high animal welfare regulations whilst safeguarding against environmental impact.
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What does the Red Tractor logo represent?

The Red Tractor logo represents over 20 years of driving world leading British food standards. Since 2000, we have worked closely with animal welfare experts, vets, agronomists and the entire supply chain to ensure that whenever you buy a product with the Red Tractor logo, it is traceable, safe and farmed with care.

Our assurance covers the entire food supply chain and we work with over 350 independent inspectors to ensure the most robust assessments possible.  These inspectors are all appropriately trained and sufficiently experienced – together, they conduct over 60,000 inspections a year.

The Red Tractor logo can only be used on food that has been produced, transported, stored and packed to the required standards as defined by our licensing rules. The standards in all farming sectors (such as chicken, dairy or vegetables) have been agreed by a panel of experts to ensure that our standards are as robust as possible.

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The Union Jack on our logo means your food has been produced entirely in the UK, with every step of the food journey checked and documented from farm to pack. All food and drink can be traced right back through the supply chain to the British farms it came from.
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We insist on rigorous production standards from farm to pack. Use of any Plant Protection Products such as pesticides is strictly regulated and plans must be in place to minimise their use without compromising product quality. We also ensure responsible use of animal medicines including antibiotics. Only good quality, British food at its seasonal best carries our logo.
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Farmed With Care
We have partnered with animal welfare experts and vets since 2000 to continuously strengthen our requirements on animal welfare. Together we work to ensure that all livestock are healthy with the right living space, food and water. All our farmer members share our priorities to strive for the very best in animal health and wellbeing
Our Impact & History

Since our foundation in 2000, we’ve come a long way…

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