Category Archives: Quality Assurance schemes

WHERE TO NEXT FOR OUR MUCH-VAUNTED QUALITY ASSURANCE?

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 14th August 2017 I have been around long enough to remember the passing of the UK’s Food Safety Act in 1990, it was when I first came across the Defence of … Continue reading

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A Centre of Excellence for Quality-Indicated Products

Ireland desires to be a ‘food island’ but for a country with such aspirations it has woefully few European Union- registered designated-origin products. It may appear to be an anomaly but it is a well-founded one as the Irish agri-food … Continue reading

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IS ANYONE VISITING CHELTENHAM OR AINTREE THIS YEAR?

With so much discussion going on in the Irish farming industry about Brexit and free-trade agreements at present, I thought it was time to ask the Irish farmer to have a look at their primary market, the UK, and the … Continue reading

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‘LEGUME-FED’, ‘HERBAGE-FED’ OR JUST ‘GRASS-FED’?

Much is spoken and written about ‘grass-fed’ in Ireland? But how is/will the label be used? Will ‘grass-fed’ be a characteristic of well-defined, linked-to-farming, designated-origin products or will it be a generic term used to promote all Irish meat and … Continue reading

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The value of so-called ‘quality’ assurance

At some point in the last 25 years or so, quality assurance systems became all the rage. Some private-sector schemes like organic and Conservation Grade (in the UK) have been around for even longer although their focus is on giving … Continue reading

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