New briefing published: Animal Welfare Assurance Schemes: high animal welfare
Posted on 31/10/2011
Assurance schemes operate for the purpose of providing certainty and confidence that specified characteristics, attributes, practices and methods of production are followed. Millions of animals going through well developed and implemented certified assurance schemes with welfare criteria have benefited from improved welfare conditions. There are many benefits of welfare assurance schemes for the farmers and other supply chain operators but especially for the animals going through these schemes. Evolution of assurance schemes within the last decade in response to consumers concerns as well as issues in the supply chain means that conditions and guidelines need to be set to ensure that schemes are able to deliver the welfare outcomes that they claim. There are broad guidelines already provided on EN45011, EN17020 and EU best practice guidelines for voluntary certification schemes. Eurogroup expects certain basic requirements for schemes making claims on animal welfare and provides this information to complement other reference broad guidelines.
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