Food certification: Meat & Dairy

As promised I'm back with part two of explaining food certification symbols and today the spotlight is on animal products. Meat, fish, dairy and eggs will all be covered below and I hope y'all find it helpful! As before click on the pictures to take you to relevant websites for more information.


British Lion Eggs

This logo (mostly just the lion) found on the eggs themselves as well as the box mean that those eggs have been produced in accordance with the British Lion code of practice.  'The code covers the entire production chain and ensures strict food safety controls including the guarantee that all hens are vaccinated against Salmonella and a ‘passport’ system ensuring that all hens, eggs and feed are fully traceable.'  It also guarantees that the eggs and hens are British.


egg labelling

Ever looked at your egg and wondered what all the writing on the shell is? Well Grade A hen's eggs have to be stamped with a number indicating whether they have been produced in an organic, free-range, barn or cage system. You can also find a producer code and if they are British Lion eggs they are also required to include a best before date. The egg boxes must clearly state: 'eggs from caged hens', 'barn eggs' or 'free range'.

Quality standard



The Quality Standard mark is concerned with the taste of beef and lamb. Meat carrying this mark 'is produced to higher standards than required by law with a supply chain which is fully assured and independently inspected at every stage from farm to meat counter.' And the flag also tells you where the meat is from.


rspca assured

This logo is an indicator that the farm where the animals are from that meets RSPCA animal welfare standards and you can be confident that they were well looked after. There are in depth standards for each animal but they are based on the five freedoms : 

Freedom from hunger and thirst
Freedom from discomfort
Freedom from pain, injury or disease
Freedom to express normal behaviour
Freedom from fear and distress

pasture for life certification

If you see this on your beef, lamb and dairy products you know that the animals were 100% grass-fed. This gives animals access to a completely natural and varied diet, with the added benefits of being environmentally friendly and supporting diverse wildlife. 

marine stewardship council blue label

MSC is well trusted and globally recognised non-profit organisation. If you see this lovely blue fish on any of your fish products you know you are buying from a sustainable fishing source. The MSC blue label indicates a certified sustainable source that is traceable.

dolphin safe tuna monitoring

The Dolphin Safe Logo and it's success of reducing the amount of dolphins caught in tuna nets is the direct result of a 25+ years campaign by Earth Island. This logo shows that the tuna was fished in a dolphin safe way with those involved committed to the worldwide standards and practices.

That's all folks, but if you think I'm missing any please do comment and I will add.

Peas, love & cider.



what am i eating this week?

fishcakes, rainbow chard, carrots, cheese, broccoli

broccoli pasta

quick braised chard & lentils