Red Tractor Standards

We are the UK’s largest food and farming scheme and since we were founded in 2000, we have continued to improve standards across all sectors that we cover from pork to pumpkins and beef to barley.

Our assurance covers the entire food supply chain and we work with over 450 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 Red Tractor standards and 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.

Did you know?
All Red Tractor cows have their own UK passport to ensure full supply chain traceability
There are more than 11,000 Red Tractor-assured British dairy farmers who account for 95% of all milk production
OVER 90%
of poultry meat farms in the UK are Red Tractor assured
Every single Red Tractor bird can be traced back to the hatchery, egg, and parent stock they came from
Over the last decade, British farmers have significantly lowered antibiotic use and now have some of the lowest usage rates in the world
ALMOST HALF
The carbon footprint of beef in the UK is almost half the global average.
3,000 FARMS
Not every UK farm meets our standards – in 2020, nearly 3000 farms were suspended from our scheme for not meeting our requirements
British farmers produce 3.5m tonnes of fruit and vegetables every year
Traceable
Only products from British Red Tractor or equivalent certified farms can hold the Red Tractor logo. This means they can be traced right back through the supply chain to the British farms they came from.
Safe
Red Tractor is the only UK food assurance scheme to cover as many sectors and standards as deeply as we do to ensure your food is safe. We cover everything from responsible antibiotic and pesticide use to water safety.
Farmed With Care
The welfare of Red Tractor assured farm animals is integral to our standards. We ensure they are healthy with the right living space, food and water. Red Tractor farmers are also required to have regular visits by vets to ensure the wellbeing of their animals.