Denmark is one of the leading exporters of pork products. This has given the Danish meat industry unique experience and expertise in producing safe meat for meeting the requirements of customers around the world.

Based on this expertise, the Danish Agriculture & Food Council, in partnership with its abattoir members and the Danish Meat Research Institute, has developed the Global Red Meat Standard (GRMS), a certification programme customised to the specific requirements applying to the red meat industry rather than having a broad and general focus.

The Global Red Meat Standard was first published in 2006.

The objective of the Global Red Meat Standard is to deliver transparency within animal welfare, quality, food safety and hygiene in factories that slaughter, cut, debone, process and handle meat and meat products from pork, beef, lamb/sheep, goat and horse. The transparency is delivered through an independent certification process based on ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 (ISO/IEC 17065 as for edition 4.0).