The Canadian chicken industry works closely with its partners to ensure that stringent regulations related to the care and handling of our birds are met and followed. After all, it is in the best interest of all industry members to see that all of the birds are raised the best way possible.
As part of this dedication, Chicken Farmers of Canada has implemented an auditable animal care program designed to demonstrate and maintain the high level and standards of the Canadian chicken industry’s on-farm animal care. Farmers are audited annually to assess the implementation of the program and determine if the mandatory requirements of the program are being maintained. In just three years, 95% of farmers have received full audits and 80% of farmers are certified on the program.To date, support for the implementation of the program has come from: the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council, the Further Poultry Processors Association of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers.
In addition, farmers follow a national on-farm food safety program that emphasizes health, cleanliness and safety throughout each step of the production cycle, and follow strict biosecurity measures to protect animal health and prevent flock infections from outside sources. Just as importantly, our system allows us to remain in consistent communication with each and every one of our 2,700 farmers, allowing us to easily share messages with our farmers when necessary.
Part of the way that we ensure compliance with these standards is by mandating that farmers own their flocks before they are sent to processors. That means each farmer an economic interest, as well as moral and ethical, in the proper care and handling of our birds. For example, any birds that are found with bruises would be condemned and the farmer would not receive payment for them. It is good economic sense, as well as common sense, for farmers to take excellent care of their birds.