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About M&S Beef

What is beef traceability?

The meat of the matter

We know you care as much as we do about what you put on your plates. That's why we go to great lengths to make sure that all our beef comes from British farms we know and trust. Each farm is audited every 18 months to ensure it adheres to our exacting welfare and quality standards. This approach doesn't just apply to our premium cuts, but to everything, from our in-store products to those included in our online Food to Order service. So, whether you choose steak, lasagne or a roast beef sandwich, you can enjoy tender, succulent beef with our traceability assurance.

Do you know where your beef comes from?

Where does our beef come from?

We've been working with M&S beef farmer Donald Biggar, of Chapelton Farm in Scotland's Castle Douglas, for 23 years. As one of our select farmers, he shares our high standards and respect for the environment, and works with his sons to ensure the farm will be producing the best-quality beef for years to come

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Beef farmer

Our interactive beef map

M&S interactive map

We can trace all our beef right back to the farm and animal, and we’re proud to work with farmers who share our high standards. Explore our interactive map of Britain to see where the farms are located, and to find out more about the passionate people working on them.

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The Best Ever Burger

Our chefs at M&S have spent a year obsessively developing Our Best Ever Burger. The result is a cut above: they scoured the world to find the secret to a perfect recipe, and here it is. These prime patties are crafted from specially selected prime cuts of British beef, and a hint of bone marrow for that extra special flavour. Say hello to your best ever barbecue favourite.

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A roast to remember

If you're having the family over for lunch, but don't fancy spending hours in the kitchen, our British beef rump is the answer. Hand-prepared by our master butchers, it's easy to carve and deliciously tender. It comes topped with a peppery horseradish filling, then wrapped in prosciutto and finished with fresh thyme.

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Some of our favourites…

Made for special meals

One of the sweetest, most succulent cuts you can buy, our beef fillet is matured for a minimum of 10 days to create a melt-in-the-mouth texture that's sure to impress your guests

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Made for your meatiest barbecue yet

We lightly smoke our British rump over English oak chips, then vacuum pack to seal in the flavour. Try cooking on the barbecue and serve with a punchy salsa verde for a summery supper

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Made for Sunday lunch

Perfect for a special Sunday roast, our sirloin joint is made with hand-selected British beef that's matured for 28 days so it's tender and succulent: just add red wine

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Made for Italian night

A comfort-food favourite, our lasagne is elevated by the use of only high-quality cuts beef in the ragu, which is authenticated by the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society. Buon appetito!

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For any queries about M&S beef please call 0333 014 8555

Recipe: The ultimate beef sandwich

Serves 2

Ingredients

A knob of butter
2 onions, thinly sliced
5 sprigs thyme, leaves picked
A pinch of sugar
75ml ale, such as Yorkshire Gold Ale
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
1 tbsp olive oil
Thick-cut steak, approximately 400g
1 ciabatta
2 slices extra-mature Cornish Cheddar
A handful of rocket leaves

Method

  1. Melt the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions, thyme and sugar. Season with salt. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring, until softened. Add the ale and mustard, cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in another frying pan and heat the grill to high. Season the steak and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  3. Slice the ciabatta in half and top the bottom half with the onions and cheese. Cook under the grill until the cheese has melted. Slice the steak and layer on top of the cheese. Finish with the rocket and the top half of bread.

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Perfect pairings

Our in-house wine experts have picked three sure-fire winners to bring out the best in your British beef – even better, all cases are delivered straight to your door

Bordeaux Merlot

Bordeaux merlot

A fruity, modern claret made from 100% Merlot grapes (a classic Bordeaux variety). It has a deliciously ripe, juicy character

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Craft 3 Malbec

Craft 3 malbec

With hints of chocolate and gentle spice, this full-bodied wine from Argentina is lovely alongside a juicy steak

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Australian Shiraz

Australian shiraz

A well-balanced wine, with notes of plum and cassis. Soft and rounded, with a lingering, generous finish

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Beef Traceability FAQs

1. How can you trace your beef back to every farm and animal?

We take a DNA sample from every animal from every farm that supplies M&S. This means that when we test the quality and provenance of our beef products, we know not only which animal it came from but also which farm it was reared on.

2. Why do you need to know which animal it came from?

We take food security and supply chain integrity seriously. Knowing which animal, the beef came from gives us certainty on where the cow was bred, how it was bred and how the product is delivered to our M&S store, including how long it was aged for. That means we know where our food comes from and that our standards have been followed.

3. How often do you test?

We sample DNA from every animal from every M&S supplier farm. Additionally, thousands of tests are carried out every year on M&S products, randomly selected from our stores and warehouses, by an independent third party.

4. Who does the sampling and testing?

Samples are taken at our approved abattoirs. The DNA testing is undertaken by a technology firm called IdentiGEN, a firm with offices in Dublin and Newport (Wales).

5. Do you do this for any other products?

Beef is the only meat we currently DNA test, however we are looking to roll this out across other categories.

6. How many farms supply M&S with beef for its products sold in the UK?

Around 6,300, all of them in the UK. In May we will be launching an interactive map showing our customers every single farm that supplies M&S with beef for its products sold in the UK.

7. What animal welfare standards do your farmers work to?

We have our own set of standards – M&S Select Farm – which are significantly higher than Red Tractor standards. Click here to find out more.

8. How do you know you are the only retailer that trace beef products in this way?

No other national retailer has a DNA sampling and verification programme that covers ALL their beef including fresh and ingredient.