April 27, 2018
CPF announces global policy on animal welfare
Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CPF) announced a global policy on animal welfare in line with international animal health principles to ensure of the well-being of its farm animals'.
The policy will be implemented by all of its business worldwide to fulfil its promise as a responsible and ethical food producer to deliver safe food sustainability to its consumers.
CPF has implemented its welfare practices in accordance to Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare to ensure that farm animals are free from hunger, thirst, injury, disease and distress, and are able to live normally.
Sooksunt Jiumjaiswanglerg, CPF's CEO of agro industrial business, said, as a leading agro industrial and food conglomerate, CPF adheres to responsible farming and food production.
The company's farms and operation will comply with applicable laws, rules and regulations in Thailand and countries where CPF has operations.
In addition, the company will focus on international standards of animal welfare.
"This policy will be complied by all of CPF's business around the world in the pursuit of excellent animal welfare management. We also hope that our success and experiences will be passed on to our partners in livestock and aquaculture business." Jiumjaiswanglerg noted.
CPF is closely working with business partners to ensure that all animals received appropriate and humane treatment. Furthermore, it aims to cooperate with business partners, government agencies, civil society organisations and research institutes to create awareness about welfare.
Sukhawat Dansermsuk, CPF's CEO of food business and co-president, said the policy reflects the company's commitment to produce safe and quality food.
"The company strives for improving quality and safety food, starting from the animal welfare at the farm. We believe that the healthier the animals are, the lesser chance of drugs and substance use. This principle helps us to make sure of the safe and nutritional foods will be delivered to us and our love ones," Dansermsuk added.
Somkuan Choowatanapakorn, CPF's chief operating officer of pig business and head of its animal welfare committee, said the company has established the Animal Welfare Policy which all business units involved in animal farming, meat processing and the manufacturing of food products have to undertake.
Under the policy, CPF has set a goal to replace individual gestation pens with group pens, a method that facilitates a more relaxed environment. The practice will be implemented both in Thailand and overseas operations in 2025 and 2028, respectively.
CPF also announced its plan to move toward cage-free egg layer farming.
"It is important to note that the company's poultry business in Thailand has been implementing an international standard of animal welfare since 2000. The company will also apply the same standard to all (overseas) broiler and duck farms (by) 2020," CPF said.