Where does Marks & Spencer fresh lamb come from?
All Marks & Spencer fresh lamb is produced in the UK or New Zealand and each pack is clearly labelled with the country of origin. The only exception is in our Southern and Northern Irish stores where our lamb is sourced locally from either Eire or Northern Ireland. Our strict traceability policy means we can trace each joint of lamb back to the farm where it was produced.
What standards do the farms meet?
All Marks & Spencer fresh lamb is produced on specially selected known and audited farms that meet our ‘Select Farm Assurance’ specifications. This enables us to give our customers assurances on animal welfare, food safety and quality.
We’re committed to the highest standards of animal welfare. Together with our suppliers we’ve developed detailed Codes of Practice, which fall in line with recommendations from the government’s independent advisory body, the Farm Animal Welfare Committee. We meet regularly with animal welfare organisations, such as the RSPCA and Compassion in World Farming.
All farms supplying Marks & Spencer are audited by our own technologists and trained, skilled auditors who know our detailed standards. Before any farm can supply Marks & Spencer, it must meet the requirements of our Codes of Practice. Any that does not is simply not used.
What are the lambs fed?
We’ve developed our own specifications for the feeding of our lambs, which ensures the animals are fed a wholesome diet to maintain optimum health and welfare. We prohibit the addition of any animal- or avian-derived by-products in any of our feeds (the only exceptions to this are milk and milk by-products). The diets are generally:
Are the lambs given antibiotics?
We don’t permit the use of antibiotics for growth promotion. We only allow the use of antibiotics to treat sick animals. Any antibiotics are prescribed under veterinary control.
Are the lambs given hormones?
No. It is illegal to administer any growth-promoting hormones to any animal used for food production in the UK and throughout the EU.
How does Marks & Spencer fresh organic lamb differ from the rest of its fresh lamb?
The principal difference is that Marks & Spencer fresh organic lamb is produced on organic pastures and where supplementary feed is given this is made from organic ingredients.
We hope you’re really enjoying your new Cook with M&S cookbook and all the delicious recipes inside. Unfortunately, we were so excited to share it with you that we didn’t notice there was a small misprint in our recipe for roast lamb with rosemary and anchovy gremolata on p111. The cooking time is 1 hour 25–45 minutes (depending on how you like your lamb cooked) not 25 minutes. We’ve included the full updated recipe here, and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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