FABBLFarm Assured British Beef and Lamb (UK)
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``If FABBL does not confirm that its six month farm assurance requirement has been shelved until a full breeder recruitment programme has been completed we are certain that after March 1 next year abattoirs committed to processing FABBL cattle will be unable to give a complete service to retail customers who demand the farm assurance qualification,'' said NBA chief executive, Robert Forster.
FABBL Farm Assurance will be known as EFSIS-FABBL, and will form part of the new EFSIS agriculture division in Milton Keynes, headed by Agriculture Director Rub Gready.
FABBL already has a successful relationship with EFSIS, which has for some years been providing inspection and certification services through its Farm Inspection Services (FIS) arm for FABBL beef, lamb and cereals members.
The new FABBL Assurance standards implement the ABM standards which were announced recently (available on the Assured British Meat website www.
Philippa Wiltshire, FABBL's chief executive, said: "Traceability and food safety assurance from birth to slaughter is climbing the meat industry agenda as consumers, both at home and abroad, look for extra evidence their food is produced in safe, hygienic and welfare friendly systems."
The new FABBL Assurance standards implement the ABM standards which were announced last month (available on the Assured British Meat website at www.
The show was sponsored by Sinclair McGill Seed Merchants & FABBL Farm Assurance.
FABBL has become the UK's largest farm assurance scheme to obtain United Kingdom Accreditation Service (Ukas) accreditation for both cereals and livestock assurance.
All farms in the club need to be assured through FABBL (Farm Assured British Beef and Lamb), demonstrating their commitment to food safety and animal welfare.
EFSIS-FABBL's services cover every sector of agriculture, including FABBL Beef and Lamb, Assured British Pigs, the Sugar Beet Scheme and the Combinable Crops Scheme.
FABBL, who merged with EFSIS in 2003, is the leading assurance scheme in the sheep sector.
To get the Farm Assurance Supplement (FAS), part of the Sheep Annual Premium (SAPS) scheme, from next year, farmers must be certified for lamb production under a recognised assurance scheme such as FABBL.