The Campos Novos and Concórdia units in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina are the company’s first to be recognized for their pig processing practices
BRF’s Campos Novos and Concórdia units recently received an international certification that reinforces their commitment to good practices in animal welfare. The Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) seal is a series of standards for the humane transportation and slaughter of swine. These are the first of the company’s units to receive this certification, which is aligned with the principles established by the North America Meat Institute (NAMI).
"BRF is part of a production channel that starts in field with the raising of animals and goes from their transportation and handling to their slaughter. So animal welfare naturally is one of company’s major causes. Receiving an international certification reinforces the robustness of our processes and demonstrates that we have made the right choices and the importance we attribute to the topic," said Mariana Modesto, sustainability manager at BRF.
The requirements for obtaining these certifications include: facilities and equipment that ensure the animals’ comfort, monitoring animal welfare indicators and animal welfare training for employees. In addition to PAACO, BRF holds other certifications that confirm its good practices in animal welfare, which include Certified Humane, British Retail Consortium (BRC) and International Food Standard (IFS).
BRF is one of the largest food companies in the world, with more than 30 brands in its portfolio, including Sadia, Perdigão, Qualy, Paty, Dánica, Bocatti and Vienissima. Its products are marketed in more than 150 countries, on five continents. More than 100,000 employees work in the company, which maintains more than 50 factories in eight countries (Argentina, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, Malaysia, UK, Thailand and Turkey).