Britco's Animal Care
At Britco Pork, we take the humane treatment of farm animals - from farming to transport to processing – seriously. We firmly believe that good animal husbandry practices and humane handling are ethical responsibilities and deliver many benefits, including improving the quality of our products.
The responsibility for and a commitment to high standards for animal care is shared among our employees and service providers. All of our producers are CQA (Canadian Quality Assurance) certified, and our PAACO (Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization) certified auditors perform detailed assessments of our programs and policies, as well as visit our producers to ensure best practices for animal welfare are consistently met. Our producers are registered commercial farmers who work with commercial veterinarians and CLT (Canadian Livestock Transport) certified transporters.
The transport of animals from the farm is an important step in the food chain and must be done humanely and in accordance with the law. We believe it is critical that the entire transportation process (including loading, transit, and unloading) does not cause injury or suffering to the animals. We follow safe animal handling regulations and require our transportation companies to adhere to the regulations and policies regarding farm animal transport.
Our company policy serves as a reminder to employees that the welfare of animals under their care comes before any economic consideration. All employees know we have a zero tolerance for animal abuse. Our unwavering commitment to animal welfare includes a combination of internal standards, practices and training, and third party audits. We stress vigilance in our everyday work to ensure high standards of animal care: not only is it the right thing to do, it also leads to excellent product.
We stress vigilance in our everyday work to ensure high standards of animal care: not only is it the right thing to do, it also leads to excellent product.
For more information on standards and requirements:
CQA® for Canadian Hog Producers
National Farm Animal Care Council
CFIA Humane Transport / Animal Welfare
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Canadian Livestock Transport (CLT)