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Assurance Scheme Launched for Duck Production

17 September 2012, at 9:49am

UK - The Duck Assurance Scheme (DAS) launched by the British Poultry Council in 2010 is to become a partner of Red Tractor Assurance.

Duck Assurance Scheme standards are founded on scientific knowledge and practical experience, and recognise production standards for food safety, animal welfare, environmental protection and continuous professional development for all personnel involved in the business, according to the British Poultry Council.

The standards include requirements in line with government recommendations for sufficient sitting and moving space as well as easy access to feed, drinking water and bathing water.

The Duck Assurance Scheme permits a range of bathing resources that allow a range of bathing activities that meet the needs of the birds. Fresh clean drinking water is also provided. Extensive research work carried out at Oxford University showed that the provision of open water is important to duck health and welfare and could be supplied in various ways.

Peter Bradnock, Chief Executive of the British Poultry Council said: "Great research advances have been made by the duck industry for the development of new facilities to ensure ducks are given the best possible growing conditions that fulfil all their health and welfare needs.

"This is an exciting time for the duck industry with more people choosing to eat duck. Consumers can be assured the ducks they choose have been reared to strict animal health and welfare standards, in line with Red Tractor Assurance standards."

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