Production chain: monitoring, control and management

Our practices are aligned from end to end

We strictly follow the practices that guarantee animal welfare throughout BRF production. It also extends to integrated producers responsible for animal husbandry.

In addition to the units themselves, BRF has the vertical integration system, which are partnerships with animal husbandry producers. BRF provides animals, inputs and technical assistance, and integrated producers provide labor and structure following the guidelines of the BRF Program Animal Welfare Made in BRF. Its non-compliance or failures to comply with the rules may cause the breach of the contract.

BRF's operations involve broiler chicken, Turkiyes, pork (produced under the supervision and control of BRF through its own operations and farmers partners) and also beef, dairy products, vegetables and non-fertile eggs from approved and audited suppliers, who sign the Supplier Code of Conduct document, with animal welfare being one of the items in which the supplier undertakes to comply.

Each of the species has a distinct participation in BRF's value chain. The table provides a description of the operations. It is worth mentioning that 100% of the raising and slaughter of pigs and Turkiyes is located only in Brazil.

Subsidiary Operations
Brazil (Main brands: Sadia, Perdigão, Veg&Tal, BIO, Qualy) In Brazil, the company's breeding and slaughter operations involve chickens, Turkiyes and pigs. In the processing operations for industrialized products, in addition to the proteins already mentioned, beef cattle, eggs and dairy products purchased from carefully selected and monitored suppliers are used as raw material.
Turkiye (Brand: Banvit) In Turkiye, BRF has three slaughter units, which slaughter only broiler chicken. Inputs from cattle, eggs, and dairy products are also purchased for the processing of private label products (BANVIT).
Middle East The relationship with the Middle East dates back to the 1970s, when we started exporting to the region. Mainly with the Sadia brand, we have served heated and promising markets, especially in branded and value-added products. We have 5 production units, but none involves animal breeding and slaughter operations. Raw materials from chickens and Turkiyes are sent from Brazil to these factories.

Since of 2021, BRF started a process of mapping suppliers of animal inputs. The AW Management prepared questionnaires addressing the most relevant aspects of Animal Welfare, requesting information on methods of raising, slaughter, certification and environmental enrichment. These questionnaires were forwarded to our beef and dairy suppliers.

Through this action, BRF wishes to move the chain in the search for best animal welfare practices for all animals participating in its chain. See the proportion of animals raised at BRF and from suppliers.

Type Percentage Country Additional notes
Broiler Poultry 70.40%
Brazil: 98.17%
Turkiye: 1.83%
Chicken production in Turkiye and Brazil. 100% of production together in a vertical system.
Swine 26.20% Brazil: 100% Production allocated only in Brazil, in integrated partners.
Turkiye 2.10% Brazil: 100% Production allocated only in Brazil, in integrated partners.
Cattle 0,70%
Brazil: 99.82%
Turkiye: 0.17%
There is no raising or slaughter of cattle at BRF. Protein is purchased from third-party suppliers.
Dairy Products 0,60% Brazil: 100% There is no raising or slaughter of cattle at BRF. Protein is purchased from third-party suppliers.
Eggs 0,01%
Brazil: 92%
Turkiye: 8%
There is no raising or slaughter of cattle at BRF. Protein is purchased from third-party suppliers.
Vegetables 1.52% Brazil: 100% Veg&Tal Line (BRF vegetarian line, composed of vegetables such as: broccoli, potatoes, similar to meat and pies).

Alternative Proteins

In the wake of population and consumption growth, new habits are being established and alternatives to traditional protein production are being developed to meet both demand and changes in consumer preference.

In a Nielsen survey, 30% of people said they were aware of the ingredients that make up food products. Sensitive to this scenario, BRF is investing not only in the so-called traditional protein market, but also presenting consumption alternatives, with new products and solutions that address the challenges and needs of the next 30 years.

Within this alternative segment are so-called ‘cultured proteins’ and plant-based proteins. In addition to operating in Brazil with Veg&Tal, BRF has a partnership with the Israeli company Aleph Farms for the production of cultivated protein to serve all our customers and consumers, in addition to diversifying the protein portfolio, focusing on innovation for new products, but also the innovation process within our current core business.

Investments in cultured protein and plant-based reinforce BRF's global multiprotein platform strategy.

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BRF seeks to promote Animal Welfare inside and outside its production. Some of the practices not encouraged by BRF are:

  1. Use of moorings to restrict movement (Tethering).
  2. Feather pulling (live plucking).
  3. Removal of wool skin strips around the pelvic region of a sheep to prevent parasitic infection (Mulesing).
  4. Cow/Calf separation.
  5. Raising poultry in cages.

We are working with our suppliers so that these practices do not occur in the animal husbandry system. We would like to make it clear that BRF does not perform any of these practices and does not sell feathers from grubbing and meat or sheep product. This recommendation is valid for all products that carry the BRF brand globally.


The use of beef represents about 0.7% of BRF's products globally. With about 74% of the chain mapped, we can say that these are 100% free of restrictive confinements (darkhouse); 96% free of dehorning and 100% raised in groups and with access to pasture.

Dairy Products

Products derived from dairy products are part of BRF's portfolio, used as ingredients in our cheeses, curd and industrialized products. We purchase the ready-made products from selected suppliers and permanently audited by our team. Dairy products represent about 0.7% of BRF's turnover globally. With 27.4% of the mapped chain, we can say that 100% of the animals do not undergo tail cutting or are bred tied up do not undergo a tail cutting procedure and 100% undergo a pre-slaughter stunning process.


We do not produce eggs for use in foods made at BRF. The production of eggs at BRF aims to produce chicks that supply our own production chain.

Foie Gras

BRF undertakes not to produce or sell Foie Gras. Forced feeding of animals is prohibited.


At no stage of the birds' life cycle is feather grubbing accepted or allowed at BRF.

The Routine of Internal and External Evaluations and Audits

By 2023, 100% of onboarded partners will be assessed within animal welfare requirements.

All employees of the Company undertake to follow the Company's Transparency Manual, where one of the matters foreseen is the obligation to comply with Animal Welfare standards.

When non-compliance with the Company's animal welfare standards and internal guidelines is observed, employees must be notified so that the appropriate measures are adopted, aiming at correcting non-compliance with the standard/guideline, which may even culminate in dismissal.

Our third parties, including: integrates, catching and loading teams must comply with the suppliers' code of conduct, with Animal Welfare being one of the matters contemplated within this code. These are also evaluated. In case of non-compliance with public commitments and Animal Welfare procedures, sanctions are applied ranging from warnings, failure in audits and suspension until deviations are investigated. These suppliers are blocked until the correction of non-conformities and can only return to the process after correction. Depending on the severity of the non-compliance, the supplier will no longer provide service to the company.

All BRF raw material suppliers undergo careful evaluations in Animal Welfare and Quality.

Certifications from External Organizations

Currently, 100% of pigs are slaughtered in units that have third-party certification, through the American Meat Institute, exclusively in the animal welfare theme. For broiler chickens, 85.2% of the chicken certified as third party, according to the protocol of the National Chicken Council and 100% of the turkeys are slaughtered as third party, according to the protocol of the National Turkey Federation. Audits are conducted by professionals approved by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO). In 2023, 7 new poultry and pig slaughter processes were certified, in addition to the recertification of the other processes.

The Certified Humane, Antibiotic-Free Product, and Global G.A.P. protocols also audit the broiler farming chain.

Certified Humane

International Certification that considers the quality of life of animals since birth.

The requirements are superior to various world standards and ensure, within several factors, that animals are free to express their natural behavior. This certification gave rise to the Sadia Bio Line, with a high level of animal welfare in the poultry farming.

This certification gave rise to the Sadia Bio Line, with a high level of animal welfare in poultry breeding.

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Antibiotic-free product

The birds are inspected from birth, through the hatchery and the feed consumed by the animals, ensuring that no growth-promoting antibiotics are used, as well as antibiotics for therapeutic use during the raising of the animals by an external certifier. This certification is also part of the Sadia BIO line.

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The PAACO (Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization) auditors are responsible for verifying compliance with standards related to the humane slaughter of poultry, which follows the premises established by the North American National Chicken Council (NCC), a world reference in the poultry segment. These professionals also audit the pig chain, ensuring that the animals are respected until the end of their life. In the slaughter of pigs, the requirements of the N.A.M.I. (North America Meat Institute) are followed, which has as one of the collaborators the renowned Dr. Temple Grandin.

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Global G.A.P. IFA
(Integration Farm Assurance)

Private organization that sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products worldwide.

It works as a manual of good agricultural practices. The basis of the protocol, in addition to good practices, is animal welfare. The certification covers from the beginning of the broiler chain to the transport of poultry, including egg-producing matrices, hatchery, fattening and transport. Currently, we have 69 integrated certificates in Marau/RS and Serafina Corrêa/RS, Chapecó/SC and Faxinal dos Guedes/SC.

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Global G.A.P. CFM
(Compound Feed Manufacturing)

The CFM defines the control points and compliance criteria for quality assurance in the production, supply and purchase of raw materials and feed ingredients. It covers all stages of production from purchase, handling and storage to processing and distribution.

Currently, the feed mill in Marau/RS is certified in this demanding protocol.

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