The Hampstead Butcher & Providore

Meat Labelling Terms Explained

Posted Monday 8th April 2019

With so many different logos and marks to look out for when it comes to assuring the quality of meat, do you know what to look for and what’s important to you? We’ve defined a few of the main ones (and the ones that are important to us!).

The Red Tractor: Found on Chicken, Pork, Lamb and Beef as well as other foods. It indicates that the product can be traced back to farms produced under Assured Food Standards (AFS). AFS guarantees that products featuring the Union Jack attached to the Red Tractor logo have been born, raised, slaughtered, grown, prepared and packaged entirely within the UK and in accordance with their strict standards.

The Quality Standard Mark Scheme: This provides one of the highest independently inspected quality assurances for beef and lamb. Guaranteeing standards of food safety, animal welfare, care for the environment and enhanced eating quality.

Outdoor Reared: is a mark to look for particularly when buying pork. It refers to pigs that are bred outdoors and then remain outdoors for around half their life.

Organic: the product of a farming system which for meat means the highest standards of animal welfare and in general farming, avoiding the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides, growth regulators and livestock feed additives.

Free-range: refers to when livestock lives in natural conditions with freedom of movement.