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Quality Assurance Scheme

QA sheep shotIrish Country Meats pioneered farm to fork traceability by being the first company in the Irish sheep meat industry to plan and introduce a Lamb Quality Assurance Scheme. The Code of Practice, formulated in conjunction with Irish Country Meat’s key customers and Teagasc (Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority), was designed to facilitate the link between farm production and processing systems, ensuring farm to fork traceability.

This scheme was launched in March 1995 by the Minister of Agriculture and Food. To date it remains the only lamb quality assurance scheme in the country, guaranteeing the effective monitoring and control of lamb throughout the production cycle. Accredited membership of this scheme has formed the largest producer group of its kind in Ireland, operating to the highest standards in production and animal welfare.

An Bord Bia developed a national Lamb Quality Assurance Scheme (LQAS) in 2002. Due to be launched in 2007, this is an integrated quality assurance scheme that involves the primary producer and factory processor working in partnership to provide their customers with a wholesome product that has been reared and processed under the highest standards of animal welfare, combined with due regard for the environment.

Irish Country Meats fully supports the introduction of a national quality assurance scheme under the auspice of Bord Bia, and will be an active participant in its implementation.


Irish Country Meats, Bayland, Camolin, Co Wexford, Ireland. Reg No: 318074