- Certification Body – Food Integrity Assurance
Whole Chain Assurance
To carry the Scottish red meat industry’s three premium brands Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork, livestock must have been born, reared and slaughtered in Scotland and spent their entire life on QMS Assured holdings.
Whole chain assurance underpins the integrity of these premium brands and provides reassurance to consumers of provenance, highest standards of production, animal welfare and wellbeing, to deliver a quality eating experience.
This whole of life brand eligibility is delivered by a suite of assurance schemes: two livestock Cattle & Sheep and Pigs, and four non-livestock Feeds, Haulage, Auction Market and Processor. Whole chain assurance underpins the integrity of the premium Scotch PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands and provides reassurance to consumers of provenance, highest standards of production, animal welfare and wellbeing, to deliver a quality eating experience.
The Assurance Schemes are owned by QMS who have contracted Food Integrity Assurance, an independent inspection and certification company, to carry out the required farm assessments in order to certify and approve scheme members.
Manufactured feeds must be sourced from QMS approved feeds suppliers, animals must be transported by QMS approved livestock hauliers, sold through QMS approved auction markets and slaughtered by QMS approved processors. Whole chain assurance ensures that animals have the best possible quality of life on farm and throughout the live supply chain, resulting in the highest quality product reaching the consumer’s plate.