Improving transparency in food supply chains
At allmanhall our mission is to challenge and transform food supply so informed decisions become clear.
You may have recently read about antibiotics in the food supply chain in the news.
One allmanhall supplier (BPM) explains:
“The historic use of antibiotics was common in livestock as a measure of disease prevention. Antibiotics were routinely added to animal feed as a preventative measure to ward off disease, however this practice has been banned in the UK and EU since 2006.
It is true that antibiotics are still used to treat sick animals, but this is done in a controlled manner… the use of antibiotics will be controlled by an FSA vet…
The animal will not be allowed to enter the food chain until all traces of antibiotics have cleared their system.”
RUMA (Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance) expands on this:
“UK livestock production is subject to some of the highest and rigorous health and welfare standards in the world. With regard to antibiotic use, UK livestock sectors have made huge progress in tackling AMR and reducing use over the last decade, taking ownership and defining reduction targets – a journey that has been robustly monitored and reported on and which evidences significant reductions.”
Food supply chains are complex things and therefore it falls to foodservice providers and food procurement teams to ensure they are making decisions based on information known. allmanhall are committed to enhancing the transparency of food supply and giving caterers and foodservice providers the information needed to make well informed decisions. The recommendation is to use recognised accreditations if you want to ensure high standards are met.
The best way to do this, when it comes to purchasing meat, is to buy Red Tractor certified produce.
“All Red Tractor farmers are regularly inspected to make sure they’re doing their bit to refine antibiotics use and tackle the threat of superbugs, all without having a detrimental effect on animal health and welfare. Red Tractor standards mean farmers keep a record of medicines used and must stick to strict withdrawal periods for these before a treated animal can progress through the supply chain.”
This reiterates the point made at the top of this piece, by an allmanhall’s suppliers.
Please ask the team if you need any further information.