QS for agriculture and the feed and meat sector
Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by...
In addition to a German and English version, the QS checklists for audits carried out from 1 January 2020 onwards are now also available in Spanish in...
The QS guidelines from the meat, livestock farming and feed sectors were revised in the course of the 2020 revision in terms of both content and editing...
36 of the 38 participating laboratories from Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland and Denmark achieved a positive result in the 2019 QS round robin test for...
QS and the Danish standard Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC) have agreed to extend their mutual recognition, already existing since 2006, for another two years.
Systematic quality assurance from farm to shop
The QS inspection scheme guarantees quality assurance across all stages in the production of meat and meat products. This begins with the analysis of feed and continues in cattle, pigs an poultry farming businesses which keep cattle, pigs and poultry. The subsequent production and trading stages are also subject to controls all the way through to the shop counters in food retail stores.
Only products which have passed through all stages of the QS scheme may be labelled with the QS certification mark. This means that the blue certification mark stands for seamless quality assurance – from farm to shop.
The QS certification mark: symbol for food you can trust:
The blue QS certification mark stands for quality assurance with independent inspections from farm to shop. It may only be used on products from QS scheme participants who are eligible to deliver, and it is therefore important that it is used in a uniform manner. The relevant documents are to be submitted for approval prior to printing, preparation of advertising material, packaging material, signs, letterheads etc...
You can find more information on use of the QS certification mark in our login area.
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Coordinators in the QS scheme: key partners for quality assurance
Coordinators organise participation in the QS scheme for, among other parties, pig, cattle and poultry farming businesses as well as for livestock transporters. They are also responsible for implementation of the compulsory monitoring programmes. They are the link in the chain between the businesses and QS.
If you would like to participate in the QS scheme through a coordinator, you can choose a coordinator from our lists and contact him.
If you would like to participate in the QS scheme as a coordinator, contact the QS head office.
Refer to the following lists for details of coordinators who are QS-approved and can organise scheme participation for you:
QS monitoring programmes: timely identify and avoid risks
QS scheme participants take part in wide-ranging monitoring programmes. Systematic evaluation of the data from these programmes helps to ensure early identification and reliable assessment of potential risks related to the safety of food and feed. If test results are not in line with the required parameters, we work together with scheme participants where necessary to implement measures to prevent risks to humans or animals.
Actively manage incidents and crises
Systematic quality assurance is the best crisis prevention: by providing clearly defined requirements and efficient control mechanisms, QS helps to ensure that crises do not occur in the first place. Nevertheless, it is still possible for unforeseen events to occur in production and marketing, and QS has built up a comprehensive incident and crisis management system for such events.
Experienced crisis managers support the scheme participants - on both an operational level and in the area of crisis communication. Please use the adjacent forms to report incidents.
Use the following sheets to report any incidents: