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 whole-chain 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.