The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

New doc­u­ment for QMS pig farm­ers

- BY JIM MIL­LAR

Pig farm­ers who are part of Qual­ity Meat Scot­land’s (QMS) pig qual­ity as­sur­ance scheme are set to re­ceive the new, up­dated stan­dards doc­u­ment.

Mem­bers can now ex­pect an as­sess­ment a max­i­mum of ev­ery 12 months.

The tran­si­tion for those pre­vi­ously in the higher cat­e­gories of 15 and 18 months will be phased in grad­u­ally for their next as­sess­ment to ease in the tran­si­tion and avoid any surges in as­sess­ment de­liv­ery. The stan­dards lay­out of the new doc­u­ment has been changed into a new user-friendly for­mat with colour-coded sym­bols.

“The Scot­tish pig in­dus­try en­joys a world­wide rep­u­ta­tion for high stan­dards of pro­duc­tion,” said QMS head of brands in­tegrity, Kathryn Kerr.

“Our in­dus­try’s wholechain as­sur­ance un­der­pins the in­tegrity of the Spe­cially Se­lected Pork brand and pro­vides re­as­sur­ance to con­sumers and re­tail­ers of prove­nance and high stan­dards of an­i­mal wel­fare and well­be­ing.”

She said scheme mem­bers will re­ceive a copy of the up­dated stan­dards by post in the com­ing days and the stan­dards are also avail­able to view on­line by vis­it­ing the QMS web­site.

 ??  ?? The new doc­u­ment ap­plies to pig farm­ers who are part of Qual­ity Meat Scot­land’s qual­ity as­sur­ance scheme
The new doc­u­ment ap­plies to pig farm­ers who are part of Qual­ity Meat Scot­land’s qual­ity as­sur­ance scheme

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