Tell me about M&S fresh venison

Where does Marks & Spencer fresh venison come from?

All Marks & Spencer fresh venison is produced on farms in Ireland and New Zealand and is packed in Northern Ireland. It is labelled clearly with the country of origin.  Our strict traceability means we can trace each joint of venison to the farms where it was produced.

What standards do the farms meet?

All Marks & Spencer fresh venison is produced on specially selected known and audited farms to Marks & Spencer Farm Assurance specifications.  Marks & Spencer 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 deer fed?

Marks & Spencer has developed its own specification 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)
barley, wheat or maize – whole or processed (milled etc)
legumes and oilseeds – whole or processed

Are the deer 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 deer 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

Are the same standards applied for Marks & Spencer Fresh Venison Joints?

Yes

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