Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question about the SPCA Blue Tick® scheme, please don't hesitate to contact us for more information. Have a look at some of our more frequently asked questions to see if your query has already been answered.
What is SPCA Blue Tick®?
How do food producers get SPCA Blue Tick® certified?
All producers who wish to be a part of our SPCA Blue Tick® Accreditation Scheme must meet and adhere to our strict high animal welfare standards. They are audited on these standards yearly with unannounced audits at any time.
What type of products are SPCA Blue Tick® approved?
Eggs - free range and barn laid
Poultry - free range chicken
Pork & pork products - free range and free farmed pork including products such as bacon, ham and sausages
Turkey - free range turkey
We are working on adding more products in 2016. Visit our website to see which product brands are SPCA Blue Tick® approved.
How do I know if a product is SPCA Blue Tick® approved?
Only products with the SPCA Blue Tick® certification logo on the packaging are SPCA Blue Tick® approved. If you can’t see the SPCA Blue Tick® it means it doesn’t meet our high animal welfare standards. Find out more about our SPCA Blue Tick® Standards here.
What happens if a producer does not meet the standards?
When SPCA Blue Tick® Producers fail to meet our SPCA Blue Tick® standards at the audit level, they have CARs (Corrective Action Requirements) raised against their records with AsureQuality tasked to close those CARs within the following time-frames:
o Minor CAR, SPCA notified within 2 business days – 6 weeks to close
o Major CAR, SPCA notified within 1 business day – 14 days to close
o Critical CAR, SPCA notified within 24 hours – Immediate closure
Will I pay more for SPCA Blue Tick® approved products?
Current intensive farming practices have in part evolved to meet consumer demand for lower-priced products, which in some cases has come at a cost to the welfare of the animals. However with the growing trend of consumers making the conscious decision to support high farm animal welfare, the SPCA Blue Tick® is taking FMCG brands and retailers on a journey, encouraging them to support and purchase from SPCA Blue Tick® approved farms. SPCA Blue Tick® producers do incur greater operating costs due to the less intensive practise to produce more premium quality, high welfare products that meet our standards and this is reflected in the price.
Will it really make a difference if I buy SPCA Blue Tick® approved products?
Buying SPCA Blue Tick® approved products shows support for the SPCA’s hard work to ensure high welfare standards for farm animals. You join a worldwide trend to forego cheap products that compromise principled farming standards. Your support for SPCA Blue Tick® approved products sends a message to our farmers and producers that ‘farming the right way’ matters, this in turn motivates them to farm to higher welfare standards, even if it is at a higher cost to them. The real power to lift animal welfare standards comes from the consumer. If consumers demand these standards, then the production sector will provide.
What is the difference between the SPCA Blue Tick® and other similar certifications?
Free range is a growing trend. But what does free range mean?
Free range means free to roam. Whilst this is an improvement from cage operations, there is however no assurance of high animal welfare. Conscious consumers run the risk of being misled by marketing terms such as ‘free range’ amongst others that doesn’t necessarily give the assurance of high animal welfare. ‘Free range’ is only a style of farming and when you see ‘free range’ it is important to question by what measure that product was certified as free range. Ask yourself ‘Have the eggs been independently certified free range?’ There are no regulations that control definition of a free range farming product so unless farms are independently audited and checked regularly against specified standards, there will always be room for poor animal welfare and inaccurate use of marketing terms.
What is the difference between free range and free farmed?
Free range and free farmed are terminologies used to describe the type of farming in the pork industry.
Whilst neither free range or free farmed use sow stalls or crates, the difference between the two types of operations are as follows:
I find it confusing to buy eggs. What type of eggs should I buy if I want to support high welfare approved farms?
The SPCA Blue Tick® approves barn operations if the farm meets our high animal welfare standards. Hens roam freely inside (uncaged), have perches to roost on and space to stretch their wings. Nesting boxes provide a quiet space for egg laying and there is floor litter for scratching in.
The SPCA Blue Tick® however does not approve any caged and colony operations.
Hens are confined in battery cages with most battery cages barely larger than the hens they contain and in many cases hens are unable to move or turn around. There is insufficient room to act on natural instincts and normal behaviours such as wing flapping, grooming, preening, stretching, foraging and dust bathing. Colony is an improved cage housing system that provides more space for hens. The colonies are equipped with nest boxes, perches and scratch pads. The government is currently reviewing the transition steps as caged operations are banned from 2022 onwards.
Where can I buy SPCA Blue Tick® products?
SPCA Blue Tick® products are available in most supermarkets, grocery stores or local butchers and more. If you can’t find the SPCA Blue Tick® approved products, please ask your Store Manager or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about the range of farming products accredited please visit our website here.
If you have a questions about the SPCA Blue Tick Accreditation, please don't hesitate to contact us on (09) 827 6094 or email@example.com or visit www.spcabluetick.org.nz for more information.