The NFU was a founder member when RUMA was established, in November 1997, to promote the highest standards of food safety, animal health and animal welfare in the British livestock industry.
It is a unique, independent non-profit group involving organisations that represent all stages of the food chain, from farm to fork. This reflects the importance of traceability, transparency and accountability at all stages in the chain: from primary food production, through processing, manufacturing and retailing to the final consumer.
Its membership includes organisations representing interests in agriculture, veterinary practice, animal medicines industry, farm assurance, training, retailers, consumers and animal welfare interests.
RUMA aims to produce a co-ordinated and integrated approach to best practice in animal medicine use. It has an established communications network with government departments and many non-governmental organisations.
Cat McLaughlin, NFU chief adviser for animal health and welfare, said: “British farmers continue to work closely with the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture alliance to ensure a co-ordinated and integrated approach to best practice in the use of medicines for farm animals in the UK.”