Slaughterhouse Animal welfare and meat quality are closely linked

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Thursday, January 31, 2019
According to regulations in many countries and consumer demands, slaughterhouses must secure and document the welfare of the animals on the day of slaughter.
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According to regulations in many countries and consumer demands, slaughterhouses must secure and document the welfare of the animals on the day of slaughter.
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Now, animal welfare standards can be measured and calibrated for maximum efficiency. The Welfare and Quality Check (WQC) is a perfect tool for surveillance, benchmarking and communication of your animal welfare.

According to regulations in many countries and consumer demands, slaughterhouses must secure and document the welfare of the animals on the day of slaughter. The WQC protocol contains a well-defined setup of questions and observation points that combines management related issues with practical arrangements, animal-based measures and meat quality.

WQC is based on the layout of the individual slaughterhouse. WQC includes observations and graduation of typically 6 to 13 indicators within each of the 4 important areas: unloading, lairage, stunning and meat quality. The WQC provides the slaughterhouse with a comprehensive and simple overview of the status at hand that is easy to communicate.

The concurrent training of slaughterhouse employees ensures implementation of the WQC system and ongoing focus on animal welfare. Furthermore, the design of the check allows for inclusion of specific customer demands related to animal welfare, providing the slaughterhouse with a customized protocol.

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