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    SWEDISH ENVIRONMENTAL VERSION 2.0 DATE 2010-06-22 MANAGEMENT COUNCIL

    PROCUREMENT PASTURE-RAISED BEEF AND LAMB MEAT CRITERIA

    SCOPE PRODUCTS FROM PASTURE-RAISED CATTLE AND LAMBS

    To ensure that you are using the latest version of this document, please visit www.msr.se/en/green_procurement/criteria/Food. More information on the Environmental Management Council's procurement criteria is also available there. Questions concerning this document can be answered by the Environmental Management Council help desk: helpdesk@msr.se

SWEDISH ENVIRONMENTAL

    MANAGEMENT COUNCIL PROCUREMENT CRITERIA FOR PASTURE-RAISED MEAT.

SWEDISH ENVIRONMENTAL VERSION 2.0 DATE 2010-06-22 MANAGEMENT COUNCIL

    PROCUREMENT CRITERIA PASTURE-RAISED BEEF AND LAMB MEAT

INTRODUCTION

    This criteria document only covers the specific requirements for the product and must always be used in conjunction with mandatory requirements for the product listed in common criteria

    for pork, beef, pasture-raised meat, lamb meat, chicken meat, milk and eggs.

    THIS IS HOW THE CRITERIA IN THE DOCUMENT ARE USED

    The criteria in this document were developed after broad consultation with various interest groups and with a unified perspective from the environmental point of view. The purpose is to assist procuring organisations in imposing relevant environmental requirements for this type of product. The document is not intended to be used as a ready-made attachment that can be sent out together with tender documentation. Instead, use the criterion or the criteria/levels that suit your requirements and your goals. An award criterion can possibly be made into a mandatory requirement or vice versa, if this is desirable (however, be aware of the effects this can have on the market). Users must adapt the layout and text, etc. to their own formats and delete those portions of the document that are not relevant for inclusion in tender documentation. It is also important to indicate how the tenderer should respond to the criteria and what verification (certification) should be submitted (possibly your own reply form).

    CRITERIA LEVELS

    Two different levels for environmental and animal protection performance have been established. These are explained below. Use the level/levels that suit your requirements and your goals.

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS

    The first level - basic requirements - comprise simple requirement specifications for all procurers who wish to make an environmentally appropriate procurement in this area. There is good availability on the market.

    ADVANCED REQUIREMENTS

    The second level - advanced requirements - places higher demands on environmental performance and on the procuring authority/entity as regards review of verifications and follow-up. Market availability is not as good as for the basic requirements. The advanced requirements must often be used in conjunction with the basic requirements (see further instructions below in relevant section).

    ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTS

    The following documents can be downloaded from www.msr.se/kriterier/kott:

    ; Common criteria for food of animal origin

    ;

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CONTENTS

     Introduction ............................................................................................................................ 2A. Mandatory supplier requirements ................................................................................. 4 B. Mandatory requirements for the product ...................................................................... 4 C. Award criteria for procurement of environmentally adapted conventional products. ..... 7 D. Special contract terms .................................................................................................. 8

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A. MANDATORY SUPPLIER REQUIREMENTS

    Please see the document for common criteria.

    B. MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PRODUCT

    Procuring authorities determine the portion of the products that will come from

    environmentally adapted conventional production. Products must meet all requirements, B1-B5. B.1. INFORMATION ABOUT ORIGIN

    Please see the document for common criteria

    B.2. FREEDOM FROM SALMONELLA

    Please see the document for common criteria

    B.3. ANTIBIOTICS

    Please see the document for common criteria

    B.4. TRANSPORT OF ANIMALS TO SLAUGHTER

    Please see the document for common criteria

    B.5. SLAUGHTERING METHODS

    Please see the document for common criteria

    B.6. TYPE OF PASTURE

    Encouragement of natural pasture is important for great biodiversity and helps attain the

    environmental objectives "A varied agriculture landscape" and "Rich flora and fauna". Long-

    term grassland serves as carbon sinks, which is positive from a climate perspective.

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS

    At least 50% of the time grazing shall be on natural pastureland, unfertilised and unploughed

    land that has not been sprayed with chemical agents and that has or has had a long continuous

    period as pasture and that is used for pasture.

    Proposal for verification during procurement

    Supplier Declaration

    Proposal for verification during follow-up

    See Guidelines for follow-up on food of animal origin

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    B.7. GRAZING

    The grazing of animals is positive from an animal protection perspective, and allows the animal to display natural behaviour. Well-managed grazing is also a resource-efficient and eco-friendly way of raising cattle and sheep/lambs for slaughter.

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS

    Cattle over six months old, and sheep and lambs shall have access to pasture or other form of

    outdoor area during one continuous grazing season. The animals shall be outdoors 24 hours a day.

    Proposal for verification during procurement

    Supplier Declaration

    Proposal for verification during follow-up

    See Guidelines for follow-up on food of animal origin

    B.8. SURGICAL PROCEDURES

    Adequate anaesthetics must be used for all surgical procedures. This is an important issue from an animal protection standpoint.

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS

    Dehorning or other surgical procedures shall only be performed under anaesthesia.

    Removal of skin folds from the lamb's hind quarters, "mulesing" shall not occur.

    Proposal for verification during procurement

    Supplier Declaration

    Proposal for verification during follow-up

    See Guidelines for follow-up on food of animal origin

    B.9. DEWORMING

    Ensuring that pasture animals are not infected by intestinal parasites is important for good animal health and resource-efficient production. The animals should be protected from parasites through grazing hygiene and parasite-prevention measures such as using "pure pasture" for young animals or annual grazing rotation. Should any problems arise, a veterinary surgeon must be contacted to advise on further measures, e.g. deworming. BASIC REQUIREMENTS

    Deworming agents shall only be used when prescribed by a veterinary surgeon.

    Proposal for verification during procurement

    Supplier Declaration

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Proposal for verification during follow-up

    See Guidelines for follow-up on food of animal origin

    B.10. ANIMAL BREEDING (ONLY APPLIES TO CATTLE) Breeding must be carried out in a manner that promotes the health of the animal and minimises

    complications during calving, e.g. requirements against muscular hypertrophy among cattle.

    The animal shall not carry any attributes of the Belgian Blue-White breed. Proposal for verification during procurement

    Supplier Declaration

    Proposal for verification during follow-up

    See Guidelines for follow-up on food of animal origin

    B.11. COARSE FEED

    High-quality coarse feed is positive from both environmental and animal health standpoints.

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS

    During the stable period, where the rearing period exceeds six months, feed shall comprise at

    least 60% coarse feed, calculated on dry substance intake. Proposal for verification during procurement

    Supplier Declaration

    Proposal for verification during follow-up

    See Guidelines for follow-up on food of animal origin ADVANCED REQUIREMENTS - CATTLE

    Where the rearing period exceeds six months, feed shall comprise 100% coarse feed, calculated on dry substance intake.

    Proposal for verification during procurement

    Supplier Declaration

    Proposal for verification during follow-up

    See Guidelines for follow-up on food of animal origin

    B.12. PESTICIDE USE IN FEED CROP CULTIVATION Certain pesticides pose a major risk to the surrounding environment and entail a working

    environment risk for the people engaged in farming.

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    1Is the feed only produced using pesticides permitted within the EU, irrespective of the country

    of production?

    Proposal for verification during procurement

    Supplier Declaration

    Proposal for verification during follow-up

    See Guidelines for follow-up on food of animal origin

    C. AWARD CRITERIA FOR PROCUREMENT OF

    ENVIRONMENTALLY ADAPTED CONVENTIONAL

    PRODUCTS.

    C.1. ANTIPARASITE BATH/DIP (LAMBS/SHEEP)

    Antiparasite baths or "dips" mean that the entire flock of sheep passes through a bath that contains a preparation against external parasites (ectoparasites). The method means that relatively large quantities of antiparasitic substances are used in such a way that risks to the working environment and risks of spreading the substances to the external environment are greater than when the preparation is used directly on the individual animal, in the form of, for example, pour-on or injectable preparations. Consequently, antiparasite baths containing substances that have great impact on the environment or entail a risk to the working environment should be avoided.

    Has the lamb/sheep not undergone an antiparasitic bath containing acting agents cypermethrin or organophosphates (OP)?

    Proposal for verification during procurement

    Supplier Declaration

    Proposal for verification during follow-up

    See Guidelines for follow-up on food of animal origin

    2C.2. GMO-FREE FEED (IN QUANTITIES REQUIRING LABELLING)

    The environmental impact of genetically modified organisms (GMO) has not been entirely determined. Procuring authorities wishing to avoid GMO can request this. GMO feed must be labelled.

    3Is the feed used during livestock rearing freefrom GMO in quantities requiring labelling?

1 europa.eu/index_sv.htm 2 GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. Read more about GMO at

    www.msr.se/Documents/Kriterier/Livsmedel/msr_livsmedel_gmo_071116.pdf

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Proposal for verification during procurement

    Supplier Declaration

    Proposal for verification during follow-up

    See Guidelines for follow-up on food of animal origin

    C.3. CARBON FOOTPRINT

    Food production accounts for about one third of the EU's carbon footprint. This is due to natural processes in primary production, but there is potential for reducing this environmental impact. A good beginning is to draw attention to the product's carbon footprint so that products with a lower climatic impact can be chosen in future.

    Can the supplier provide information about the product's carbon footprint from a lifecycle perspective, reported in CO equivalents? 2

    Proposal for verification during procurement

    Supplier Declaration

    Proposal for verification during follow-up

    See Guidelines for follow-up on food of animal origin

    D. SPECIAL CONTRACT TERMS

    Special contract terms shall be accepted by the tenderer, but shall otherwise not be connected to any qualification requirements. All mandatory requirements set forth in this document can be used as special terms of contract on condition that they meet the procuring authority's demands and can be delivered by the market in accordance with the agreement, e.g. six (6) months after commencement of the agreement.

    3 "GMO-free" means that the feed does not contain genetically modified raw ingredients in quantities requiring labelling. This means that there can be synthetic amino acids produced with GMO in the feed.

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