Farm assurance scheme, Red Tractor, is proposing a range of new standards for consultation covering animal welfare issues in the poultry processing sector.
The UK consultation, which will run until 3 June, includes poultry welfare policy, lairage issues, poultry intake, different types of stunning, and transport wash facilities.
Among the new measures being introduced in the consultation are:
There are a range of revisions, too, including a demand for Animal Welfare Officers to immediately contact Red Tractor if there is a processing emergency or serious incident, such as fire, flood, breakdown of factory equipment, lack of carbon dioxide for gas, exceeding maximum lairage time of 6 hours or exceeding 12 hours withdrawal of feed and water.
There are revised measures, too, for the lairage including ensuring the building design avoids birds getting wet from the lorry wash and that the floor is well maintained to prevent bouncing and jarring of crates when moving live birds.
Red Tractor said the consultation had received input from the poultry sector including the British Meat Processors Association, National Farmers’ Union, British Veterinary Association, Association of Independent Meat Suppliers and retailers.
In its latest newsletter to members, seen by Poultry World, Red Tractor says: “The standards for all our schemes are continually reviewed to account for the evolving demands for assuring food safety and environmental protection through every part of the food chain.”