The little red tractor logo, a British farm standard run by Assured Food Standards, is to be extended to include sugar for the first time.
One-kilogram packs of sugar produced at British Sugar’s Bury St Edmunds sugar facility will carry the logo from October after an agreement was made between the NFU, British Sugar, Silver Spoon and Assured Food Standards. Six other UK sugar factories are set to follow, reported the Grocer.
The little red tractor logo certifies that a product has been produced to standards that are independently inspected. The standards cover all aspects of production, including animal welfare, food hygiene and safety and looking after the environment.
The logo, which started up in June 2000, was made up of nine different assurance schemes, covering six sectors of production: beef and lamb, pork, poultry, dairy, vegetables and cereals and oilseeds.
Assured Food Standards said the logo would now be extended to target processed foods and catering establishments. Certified ingredients must make up at least 95% of a processed product for it to carry the logo. Products with significant sugar content had thus been excluded, but may now qualify for certification now that sugar has been included in the logo’s scope.