A new Duck Assurance Scheme (DAS) was launched in the UK in May.

The scheme has been developed for producers who are keen to demonstrate their professionalism and high standards of production, and co-developer SAI Global has been designated as the inspection body.

Commenting on the initiative, British Poultry Council chief executive Peter Bradnock said: “We are delighted with the launch of the Duck Assurance Scheme. British Poultry Council members have worked long and hard to ensure that these standards are rigorous, auditable and encompass the whole production chain for ducks.”

The scheme covers: breeding; hatching; rearing; catching; transport; slaughter; free range and table eggs. Areas that will be assessed under the scheme include animal welfare and environmental protection, health and safety training and development of farm workers along with the food safety issues for the consumer.

The scheme is owned and administered by the British Poultry Council and is managed by an independently chaired technical advisory committee.