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AMI Animal Handling Guidelines, Training Materials Endorsed by Retail and Restaurant Groups

Thursday, June 27, 2002

AMI’s animal handling guidelines and training materials were endorsed today by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) following a review of animal welfare guidelines in use throughout animal agriculture. FMI and NCCR established an Animal Welfare Expert Advisory Council to assist in conducting the review.

Some producer organizations are in the process of revising animal welfare guidelines. FMI and NCCR intend to review the updated versions this summer and issue an updated report in October. FMI and NCCR also announced that as part of their effort, they will initiate the development of a single audit and certification program for all of animal welfare.

"The endorsement of AMI’s guidelines affirms our long-standing commitment to ensuring the welfare of the animals we process and underscores the progressive approaches that the meat industry has taken voluntarily," said AMI President J. Patrick Boyle. “Animal welfare initiatives are complex because they encompass animal science as well as social and emotional issues. The challenge ahead is to ensure that science of animal welfare and behavior is paramount."

A copy of the FMI-NCCR report is available on the FMI web site at http://www.fmi.org. AMI’s Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines for Meat Packers and Good Management Practices for Animal Handling and Stunning are available at http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=BrochuresandOtherPublications&NavMenuID=375.

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