- RCC renewing focus on animal welfare through the National Farm Animal Care Council’s multilateral approachRetail Council of Canada (RCC) and its grocery members are committed to advancing animal welfare in Canada. To further this commitment, RCC is … Continued
- RCC advocates for a fair distribution of Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQ) for dairy, poultry and egg productsAt the beginning of the year, the Government of Canada resumed their consultation on the Allocation and Administration of TRQs for Dairy, Poultry and … Continued
The importance of animal welfare to Canadians
Canadians rely on retailers to ensure that the food they purchase is safe, high quality and raised in a humane manner. This why RCC and its’ members are committed to working collaboratively with different stakeholders including farmers, academics, NGOs and governments.
RCC is also a proud member of the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) which works to develop Codes of Practice, best practices and information to advance farm animal welfare. The NFACC provides a wide-range of resources for retailers on animal welfare – from technical specifications through public communications.
Advocating on behalf of retailers
RCC is renewing and revamping its approach in 2021 to focus on multi-stakeholder collaborative processes for decision-making, supporting the wide variety of comprehensive animal care Codes of Practices developed under the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC). RCC sits on NFACC’s Board of Directors, and RCC grocery members are represented and actively participate in the development of NFACC Codes.
The industry as a whole has made significant progress in advancing animal welfare in recent years including:
- A fundamental overhaul of the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs, initiated by the Canadian Pork Council (CPC), was completed in 2014. It includes recommendations and requirements for husbandry practices, transportation, feed and overall animal health. Since then, the proportion of sows housed in group housing has more than tripled.
- An overhaul of the Code of Practice for the Care and Handing of Pullets and Laying Hens, initiated by the Egg Farmers of Canada, was completed in 2017. In addition to advancing welfare requirements in key areas such as barn environment, health and husbandry practices as well as handling and transportation, the Code of Practice mandates the phase out of conventional cages. This move represents the most significant change ever to egg production in Canada. Since its inception, the proportion of hens housed in alternative methods of egg production has more than doubled.
- Work to develop the first Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farmed Salmonids, initiated by the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, promoting responsible animal care standards for farmed fish in Canada.
Animal welfare resources for retailers
Article – The race to trace: Helping retailers improve food traceability
With today’s supply chains, the process is much more complex, and an essential part of safety. With traceability you can track the movement of a product along the chain, from point of origin through to a retailer. Read article.
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