With increasing public and market attention on the inner workings of THE food industry, producers are required to comply with increasingly stricter animal welfare standards if they want to enjoy profitable partnerships with major buyers and avoid consumer backlash.
QIMA/WQS can help you demonstrate your compliance through audits and by achieving certification against animal welfare international requirements. This scheme was internally developed and designed to assess compliance on farms, in transport, and slaughterhouses.
Broadly, animal welfare refers to how the animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives. To confirm that an animal is in a good state of welfare, there needs to be scientific verification that it is kept healthy, comfortable, well-nourished, and safe, is able to express innate behavior (e.g. free-roaming), and is not suffering from pain, fear or distress. Achieving good animal welfare requires disease prevention and veterinary treatment, appropriate shelter, management, nutrition, humane handling, and humane slaughter.
The animal welfare scheme covers different species:
The mission of PAACO (Professional animal auditor certification) is to promote animal welfare through the training of auditors and audit certification and today it is recognized as an authority when training auditors.
QIMA/WQS, in partnership with PAACO, promotes (exclusively in Brazil and Latin America), the training of auditors that apply internationally recognized animal welfare audit protocols (NAMI: North American Meat Institute and NCC: National Chicken Council), so that interested companies have the opportunity to demonstrate their compliance with the requirements and their teams are motivated to promote the continuous improvement of their processes aimed at animal welfare.
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