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.
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
AMI Animal Handling Guidelines, Training Materials Endorsed by Retail and Restaurant GroupsThursday, June 27, 2002