RETAIL COUNCIL SUPPORTS ANIMAL CARE PROGRAM

TORONTO, June 1, 2017 /CNW/ – Retail Council of Canada’s grocery members understand that Canadians look to them to ensure products from animals are safe, high quality and raised in a humane manner.

RCC and our member companies remain attentive to animal welfare issues and work with farm groups and independent third-party organizations on an ongoing basis to ensure appropriate practices are developed and maintained.

RCC recently reviewed industry practices and standards related to broiler chickens. As a result, RCC believes that the following best practices ensure that chickens are raised in a humane manner:

The Code of Practice for chicken, turkeys, and breeders published in 2016 sets the standard for proper treatment of chickens. This Code was developed through the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) with input from farmers, veterinarians, processors, researchers, government officials and animal welfare groups, and is used by provincial governments across the country.
The Animal Care Program developed by the Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC), which represents Canada’s 2,800 family chicken farmers, is based on the Codes of Practice. Adherence to this program is mandatory for all CFC members and requires all farmers to participate in regular audits. The results of these audits assist in ensuring that guidelines are respected and enforced.
RCC recognizes and supports both the Code of Practice developed through NFACC and the Chicken Farmers of Canada’s Animal Care Program. We believe these help to ensure chickens are raised in a humane manner, however we continue to monitor.

As always, when RCC or its members are made aware of inappropriate practices, these issues are reported immediately to the appropriate regulatory authority, including the CFIA and provincial government authorities who have responsibility for enforcing applicable regulations and laws.

About Retail Council of Canada:
Retail is Canada’s largest employer with 2.2 million Canadians working in our industry. The sector annually generates payroll of $60 billion and approximately $350 billion in sales (excluding vehicles and gasoline). As of 2016, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) members represent more than two thirds of retail sales in the country. RCC is a not-for-profit industry-funded association and represents small, medium and large retail business in every community across the country. As the Voice of Retailâ„¢ in Canada, we proudly represent more than 45,000 storefronts in all retail formats, including department, grocery, specialty, discount, independent retailers and online merchants.

SOURCE Retail Council of Canada
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