Cargill adopts video auditing at beef plants

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Cargill announced that it has begun implementing a third-party, 24/7 video auditing program at its U.S. beef harvesting plants to further enhance the company's animal welfare protection systems. All of Cargill's U.S. beef harvesting plants will have the program in place by the end of 2009.

Developed and managed by Arrowsight, in collaboration with Dr. Temple Grandin, one of the industry's foremost experts on animal welfare, the program is designed to help plant operators teach and monitor performance in animal handling.

Dr. Grandin said, Cargill had been a strong industry leader in the area of animal handling for many years. She was pleased that the company is working with Arrowsight and believed that the Arrowsight service is the most comprehensive solution out there. It follows the American Meat Institute's animal welfare audit system, compiles the data, and sends it to the plants for their use to continually help improve their animal welfare programs.

Besides implementing the remote video auditing service, Cargill created an industry-leading, humane animal-handling training and certification program for employees. The company believes that its commitment and actions demonstrate Cargill's drive to be the industry leader in evaluating, developing and continuously improving animal welfare protection programs.

Cargill is an international provider of food, agricultural and risk management products and services. With 160,000 employees in 67 countries, the company is committed to using its knowledge and experience to collaborate with customers to help them succeed. Arrowsight, a Web-based Application Services Provider, is the leading developer of remote video auditing services and software.
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