To carry the Scottish red meat industry’s three premium brands Scotch Beef UKGI, Scotch Lamb UKGI and Specially Selected Pork, livestock must have been born, reared and slaughtered in Scotland and spent their entire life on QMS Assured holdings.
For Scotch red meat, the whole of life brand eligibility is delivered by a suite of assurance schemes – see Scheme Standards and Applications. Whole chain assurance ensures that animals have the best possible quality of life on farms and throughout the live supply chain, resulting in the highest quality product reaching the consumer’s plate.
Whole chain assurance underpins the integrity of the Scotch premium brands and provides reassurance to consumers of provenance, highest standards of production, animal welfare and wellbeing, to deliver a quality eating experience.
Learn more about our whole chain assurance schemes.
Separate schemes currently cover Cattle & Sheep, Pigs, Auction Marts & Collection Centres, Haulage, Feeds and Processors.
Food Integrity Assurance (FIA) is the certification body contracted to manage our schemes and carry out assessments on our behalf. Find out more about the certification rules and regulations.
If you participate in a Scheme you are, for the purposes of the QMS Membership Rules (the Membership Rules), a member of that Scheme. Click this link to find out more about the Memberships rules.
The document available at the link provides answers to some frequently asked questions surrounding our Members Rules.
The guiding principles in this Animal Welfare and Wellbeing Charter are embedded in all QMS Quality Assurance Schemes and activities.