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Tell me about M&S fresh lamb

Where does Marks & Spencer fresh lamb come from?

All Marks & Spencer fresh lamb is produced in the UK or New Zealand and is labelled clearly with the country of origin. The only exception is in our Southern and Northern Irish stores where our lamb is sourced locally from Eire or Northern Ireland.  Our strict traceability means we can trace each joint of lamb back to the farms where it was produced.

What standards do the farms meet?

All Marks & Spencer fresh lamb is produced on specially selected known and audited farms to Marks & Spencer ‘Select Farm’ Farm Assurance specifications.  Marks & Spencer ‘Select Farm’ Farm Assurance enables us to give our customers assurances on animal welfare, food safety and quality.

Marks & Spencer is committed to the highest standards of animal welfare.  Together with our suppliers we have developed detailed Codes of Practice, which insist on the highest standards of animal welfare, food safety and quality throughout the animal’s life.

With specific regard to animal welfare, Marks & Spencer has adopted the recommendations of the Government’s independent advisory body, the Farm Animal Welfare Council in our Codes of Practice.  We meet regularly with animal welfare organisations, i.e. RSPCA and Compassion in World Farming.

All farms supplying Marks & Spencer are audited by Marks & Spencer technologists and trained, skilled auditors who know our detailed standards.  Before any farm can supply Marks & Spencer it must meet the requirements of our Codes of Practice, any that does not is simply not used.

What are the lambs fed?

Marks & Spencer has developed its own specification for the feeding of lambs which ensures animals are fed a wholesome diet to maintain optimum health and welfare.

Marks & Spencer prohibits the addition of any animal or avian derived by-products in any of its feed (the only exception to this is milk and milk by-products). The diets are generally:

grass (preserved as silage or hay in winter)
root crops
barley, wheat or maize – whole or processed (milled etc)
legumes and oilseeds – whole or processed

Are the lambs given antibiotics?

We do not permit the use of antibiotics for growth promotion. We only allow the use of antibiotics to treat sick animals with appropriate veterinary treatment. Any antibiotics are prescribed under veterinary control.

Are the lambs given hormones?

No.  It is illegal to administer any growth promoting hormones to any animal used for food production in the UK and throughout the EU

How does Marks & Spencer Fresh Organic Lamb differ from the rest of its fresh lamb?

The principal difference is that Marks & Spencer Fresh Organic Lamb is produced on organic pasture and where supplementary feed is given this is made from organic ingredients.

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