LONDON, Ontario – 22 December 2011 – Cargill upholds animal health and welfare throughout its supply chains. This commitment is reflected in the recent certification of two Cargill Value Added Meats Canada employees as professional animal handling auditors by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, Inc. (PAACO).
PAACO auditors are trained and certified on farm, transportation and processing plant animal welfare and handling. This knowledge serves to promote the humane treatment of animals.
“Ensuring we maintain the highest standards in animal welfare is simply the right thing to do, said Rob Wreyford, Cargill’s Director of Quality Systems and Innovation. “It is very unique to have two of our employees trained to this highest qualification. It goes to show how serious we take our animal welfare responsibilities”.
Cargill Value Added Meat’s Simon Nutter, Primary Processing Department manager is now PAACO certified for poultry. His colleague Brian Groten is PAACO certified for beef, pork and lamb, and also has received training from noted animal welfare advocate Dr. Temple Grandin.
|Brigitte Burgoyne, 204-947-6187, Brigitte_Burgoyne@cargill.com
Rob Wreyford, 519-453-4996 x 311, Rob_Wreyford@cargill.com
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 138,000 people in 63 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit Cargill.com and its news center.
PAACO is the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, Inc., made up of a coalition of five professional animal industry orga¬nizations. Those organizations are: