Animal welfare

BRF wants to positively transform its entire global chain by acting even more ethically and responsibly. Its core activity is producing animal proteins, so animal welfare is naturally one of the great causes we advocate not only within our company, but also outside the BRF universe. Since 2014, BRF maintains a partnership with NGO World Animal Protection (WAP), which resulted in the parties signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

WAP supports the identification of opportunities for improvement and of key trends and practices that have been proven to improve animal welfare. Together, we seek to obtain continuous advances in all processes involving live animals. BRF's commitment and transparency are recognized by its presence and positioning in the international ranking Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW).

We structure these practices and commitments through our global program “Animal Welfare Made in BRF”, which respects the peculiarities of each operating site, whether environmental, cultural, climatic or religious aspects. The programs establish standards, processes, indicators and continuous training programs to enable us to plot a course based on a solid and genuine foundation. The topic is addressed through monthly meetings of a multidisciplinary team that establishes targets and reports to the company’s senior management.

We also have a team of ambassadors called “Animal Welfare Officials," who are trained to ensure compliance with these guidelines, commitments and targets. The program includes the assessment of improvement gaps and opportunities, with short-, medium- and long-term plans formulated to ensure the attainment of our goal of maximizing animal welfare.

Our actions are guided by the “BRF Animal Welfare Commitments”, a document based on Brazilian and international standards and legislation and on the five freedoms defined by the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC), namely:

1. Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor;
2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area;
3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment;
4. Freedom to express (most) normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind;
5. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

We actively participate in discussions on animal welfare at industry organizations, such as the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA), of which we are a member. We are constantly interacting with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), and its research arm, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa). Moreover, by sharing our technical knowledge and making financial contributions, we support scientific congresses on the topic of animal welfare at top universities, such as the University of São Paulo (USP).

BRF is thrilled to be working closely with renowned British chef Jamie Oliver in developing a new line of Sadia products in Brazil. Jamie cares passionately about animal welfare and brings additional expertise to BRF as we continue to innovate and pioneer in the field.

 

ABOUT OUR CHAIN

BRF adopts a vertically integrated system that consists of a partnership through which the company supplies the animals, inputs and technical support and the integrated producers supply the labor and infrastructure. Therefore, the corporate standards of animal husbandry and slaughter are the same for both owned and integrated units. We regularly conduct animal welfare audits and inspections and, in the event of non-compliance, an action plan is established to adjust practices, which could even lead to termination of the contract.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CERTIFIED HUMANE

    International certification that considers the quality of life of animals from birth. Requirements exceed several global standards and ensure that animals are raised free to express their natural behavior. BRF’s more than 180 poultry houses in Buriti Alegre, Goiás, Brazil, are certified and we are expanding the practices to other units.

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  • GLOBALGAP IFA

    Consists of pre-farm gate (before leaving the production unit) animal welfare and management practices that encompass the entire agricultural chain, from chicken parent stocks to hatcheries and the integration of broilers.

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  • GLOBALGAP CFM

    Includes good practices for the production of livestock feed. Suitable animal nourishment plays a vital role in the livestock chain and quality feed lies at the foundation of animal welfare.

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  • GENESIS GAP STANDARD

    One of the most respected standards of good agricultural practices and animal welfare. 100% of broiler producers in Thailand are certified by third parties, i.e. by an independent accredited organization.

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  • ALO FREE

    Swiss program of traceability for the control of chicken and turkey production without the use of antibiotics and/or antimicrobial to promote growth. It is applicable to the entire production chain, from incubator to slaughterhouse, covering feed and integrated plants. In addition to Switzerland, countries such as the Netherlands and Germany recognize the certificate issued under Swiss legislation.

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  • STS

    Animal welfare project organized by a Swiss retail chain. The scope of this certification encompasses the integration of broilers and the transportation and slaughter of animals with a view to attaining higher levels of animal welfare.

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  • BRC

    Developed by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), a leading trade association for UK retailing, the BRC food safety standard was created to establish guidelines for due diligence, supplier approval, quality in the industry, compliance with legal obligations, consumer protection and product safety.

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  • IFS

    These are regulations of the International Featured Standard applicable to all food processing and packaging companies.

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