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Quality Meat Scotland
Agency overview
TypeExecutive non-departmental public body
HeadquartersRural Centre, West Mains, Ingliston, Newbridge
Employees28 (Q1 2022)[1]
Agency executives
  • Kate Rowell[2], Chair
  • Sarah Millar[2], Chief Executive

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is an executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government.[1] It promotes the red meat sector and markets the Protected Geographical Indication Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb brands.

It was set up in 1990 (originally as the Scottish Quality Beef & Lamb Association) to provide assurance to industry and consumers that animals produced for the food chain met certain standards.[3] It was established on a statutory basis in 2008, replacing the Meat and Livestock Commission.[4]

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In 2021, covert footage was shot at a high welfare farm owned by Philip Sleigh, the chairman of the pig standard-setting committee at Quality Meat Scotland. Footage showed farmers hammering pigs to death, weak piglets being slammed into concrete floors and pigs with severe untreated prolapses. Animal Equality UK said "Rubbing shoulders with government officials and accreditation reps, Philip Sleigh was entrusted with a position of power, yet his own farm breached the very standards he helped set".[5]

Source: "Quality Meat Scotland", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, February 4th),

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  1. ^ a b "National public bodies directory - Executive non-departmental public bodies". Scottish Government. 26 July 2022. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Our Board". Quality Meat Scotland. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  3. ^ "Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Assurance Scheme - Cattle and Sheep". SFQC (Scottish Food Quality Certification Ltd). Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  4. ^ Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006, section 91; Quality Meat Scotland Order 2008.
  5. ^ "Pigs hammered to death at 'high-welfare' farm". The Independent. 2 May 2021. Retrieved 15 August 2022.
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