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Animal Care & Food Safety

Raising healthy birds in a humane way is as important to Canadian chicken farmers as it is to those who purchase chicken for their family.

Animal Care

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 standards of care on Canadian chicken farms. Farmers are audited annually to assess the implementation of the program and determine if its mandatory requirements are being maintained; 100% of farmers are now certified on the program. To date, support for the implementation of the program has come from: 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.

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On-Farm Food Safety

Food safety is among the top concerns for Canadians, and we believe that food safety begins on the farm. That’s why we’re committed to ensuring that all 2,800 chicken farmers in Canada produce quality chicken that meets both the food safety and animal care concerns of our customers.

Chicken Farmers of Canada’s On-Farm Food Safety Program (OFFSAP) is the national standard for chicken producers in Canada and the first program of its kind to receive full federal, provincial and territorial government recognition. It ensures that top-notch safety procedures and standardized safety systems are found on every Canadian chicken farm, from coast to coast, allowing Canadian chicken farmers to continue to produce a safe, high quality product for Canadian families. Audited annually, 100% of Canada’s chicken farmers are certified on the program.

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