The Member Companies of the British Poultry Council take pride in working above and beyond that which is required of them by legislation. Built upon the foundations of animal health and welfare and food safety their produce is naturally of the highest standard.
We represent companies that vary greatly in size. From the large integrated companies, to the small seasonal farmer. From supermarkets to the farm-gate all BPC Member Companies take pride in the poultry they produce, and the diverse market they supply.
All poultry production is covered by stringent legislation, enforced by the Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Food Standards Agency (FSA), and the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS). Our Member Companies, and the industry as a unified body, work with the Regulators and other stakeholders to ensure good practice.
The British Poultry Council is one of the founding organisations of Red Tractor Farm Assurance Poultry Scheme (formerly Assured Chicken Production). It is an industry-wide initiative that addresses all the important elements concerning the production of chicken. The scheme is an independently assessed assurance scheme designed to give confidence to all of us as consumers. The scheme works to Assured Food Standards and chicken produced under the scheme carries the Red Tractor logo.
The standards for chicken production cover best practice for breeding, hatching, rearing, catching, transport, slaughter, and processing. The Red Tractor and Union Flag on packs of chicken is a sign of guaranteed quality of production.
By satisfying over 200 individual quality criteria, the Assurance Scheme certifies that British turkey products carrying the Quality Mark excel in areas of food safety, traceability, and bird welfare.