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Meat Institute Releases Updated Handling Guidelines, Revamps Web Site

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The 20th Anniversary Edition of the North American Meat Institute's Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines and Audit Guide was released last week for download on the Institute's newly updated and redesigned animal welfare site, AnimalHandling.org . The guidelines were authored by Colorado State University Professor of Animal Behavior Temple Grandin, Ph.D., working with the Institute's Animal Welfare Committee.

The Institute's audit was originally developed by Grandin in 1997 and its adoption by meat companies helped transform how livestock are handled and processed in meat plants. Changes to the 2017 edition are detailed on pages 4 and 5 of the guidelines in the "Chronology of Changes" section.

"It's been wonderful to watch meat plants embrace the audit throughout the last two decades and to see the measurable improvements that have occurred in animal care and handling," Dr. Grandin said. "Together with our annual animal handling conference , the audit has helped elevate the importance of good animal handling and professionalized the role of those who handle livestock during transport and at the plants."

The revamped AnimalHandling.org web site offers resources for media, consumers and members of the meat industry. Among the Institute's most popular resources is its Glass Walls series of videos in which Dr. Grandin offers unscripted tours of cattle, pig, sheep and turkey plants. The videos have been viewed more than two million times.

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