Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) is implementing a global policy on animal welfare in line with international animal health principles to ensure of the happiness of its farm animals.
The policy will be implemented by all of the Thailand-based company’s operations worldwide to fulfil its promise to be a responsible and ethical food producer to deliver safe foods sustainability to its consumers.
CPF has been implemented its welfare practices in accordance with the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare to ensure that farm animals will be free from hungry and thirsty, discomfort, pain, injury and disease, fear and distress, and being able to express normal behavior. This is because, CPF believes the healthy animal is the foundation of healthy foods.
Sooksunt Jiumjaiswanglerg, CPF CEO - Agro Industrial Business, said as the leading agro industrial and food conglomerates, CPF adheres to responsible farming and food production.
The company’s farms and operation will be complied with applicable laws, rules, and regulations of Thailand and the countries where CPF has operation.
In addition, the company also focus not only customer’s requirement but also the international standards of animal welfare.
“This policy will be complied by all of CPF’s business around the world in the pursuit of excellent animal welfare management. We also hope that our success and experiences will be passed on to our partners in livestock and aquaculture business,” Sooksunt noted.
Policy to be adopted through entire supply chain
The company is closely working with the business partners to ensure that all animals receive appropriate and humane treatment. Furthermore, it aims to cooperate with business partners, government agencies, civil society organizations, institute of researches including all stakeholders to make awareness of the principle of the welfare.
Sukhawat Dansermsuk, CEO - Food Business, said the policy reflects the company’s commitment to produce safe and quality foods. It will convince consumer in quality and safety of every part in CPF’s food supply chain.
“The company strives for improving quality and safety food, starting from the animal welfare at the farm. We believe that the healthier the animals are, the lesser chance of drugs and substance use. This principle helps us to make sure of the safe and nutritional foods will be delivered to us and our love ones,” ukhawat added.
Cage-free hens, crate-free sows part of policy
Somkuan Choowatanapakorn, chief operating officer - Pig Business and head of CPF’s animal welfare committee, said the company has established the animal welfare policy which all business units of the company concern on animal farming, meat processing, and the manufacturing of food products has to undertake and aptly implemented the animal welfare olicy into practice.
Under the policy, CPF has set a goal to replace individual gestation stalls with group housing. The practice will be managed both in Thai and overseas operations within 2025 and 2028 respectively.
It also announced plan to move toward cage-free laying systems to provide more freedom to express natural behaviors.
Broiler, duck farms supervised by certified welfare officer
The company’s poultry business in Thailand has been implemented an international standard of animal welfare since 2000. The company will also apply the same standard to all broiler and meat-type duck farms of overseas operations which supervised by a certified poultry welfare officer within 2020
CPF is the first Thai company to accredited Germany’s QS Standard for chicken production process. The standard signifies quality and safety in the food-for-consumption production line, acknowledging by German as well as other EU consumers. It also reflects strict compliance with transparency in a production process, traceability and animal health & welfare by the company.
“CPF has been launched and developed its animal welfare practice continuously. Related animal welfare activities are reviewed by internal and external auditors to ensure that all animals have been treated by this policy,” Somkuan added
The committee of animal welfare has been assigned to set forth the policies, goals as well as to support, assess and report to the company’s executive committee, and the top management in each business line will control and propel the administration in accordance with the policy and the guidance of the company.