On Monday, the American Meat Institute (
Audit points in the guidelines include measurement of:
- Frequency of slips and falls by livestock.
- Frequency of vocalizations.
- Frequency of electric prod use.
- Stunner accuracy.
- How effectively livestock are made insensible during processing.
The audit also calls for the monitoring of any willful acts of abuse (which is an immediate audit failure) and the provision of water at all times. Major changes include the addition of a new audit point for monitoring slips and falls at unloading and a new approach to vocalization scoring of pigs.
The audit guide was first created in 1996.
By 1999, major quick service restaurant customers were requiring the use of this audit as a requirement for doing business.
Grandin’s data documenting improvements are found at: www.grandin.com.
“No other sector of animal agriculture is as heavily regulated and inspected for animal welfare practices as the meat packing industry. Federal inspectors oversee our packing operations continuously and can take actions — including closing a plant — for failure to comply with federal rules,” Boyle said. “However, our goal has been to not just meet, but to exceed federal rules. We have a documented history of doing just that and we are very proud of our proactive record.”
Source: Animal Meat Institute