A public body established in 1990, Quality Meat Scotland promotes the red meat sector through its three assurance labels: Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork. These are underpinned by Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), which is an EU scheme to protect traditional and regional food products.
At present, over 90% of Scottish livestock farmed for red meat is assured to their standards. The audit evaluates whole-life assurance for livestock, monitoring to entire food chain – from animal welfare to meat processing.
What are the benefits?
Only companies that carry QMS Processor assurance may process livestock sourced from QMS assured farms. In completing the audit, companies will demonstrate that they adhere to leading industry standards on food hygiene and processing. Each carcase will be carefully checked to ensure there are no blemishes or flaws on the final product.
Wider Market Access
QMS membership provides a guarantee that assured red meat was sourced, reared and processed to the highest standard. This opens up wider markets for trade, haulage and auctions that also adhere to QMS processing standards.
Media & Marketing
Quality Meat Scotland members are supported by media and marketing campaigns aimed at raising the profile of Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork. Their aim is to promote the benefits of assured red meat, increasing consumer awareness and demand for assured red meats.
Why choose LR?
Experience & Expertise
Our Agriculture and Processing Division have been working with QMS for over 20 years. Our team provide a full range of management and audit services – from the provision of over 9,000 inspections per year to routine reporting and certification.
Members of QMS Assurance Schemes may benefit from year-round technical guidance from our agriculture team, ensuring your business operates at its best.
Where possible, we will combine audits to save you time and money. Our effective and robust audit processes ensure minimum impact on your day-to-day business.
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The profits Lloyd’s Register generates go to the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charitable organisation supporting engineering-related research, education and public engagement around LR initiatives. Knowing our efforts contribute to such a cause reinforces our purpose: working together for a safer world.
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