January 12, 2021
Cargill's Canadian beef processing facility now sourcing beef from CRSB-certified farms
The expansion of Cargill's implementation of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB)'s Certified Sustainable Beef Framework is now a reality.
In addition to its CRSB sustainability certification, the beef processing facility in Guelph, Southwestern Ontario, Canada, has completed a successful audit to the CRSB's Chain of Custody requirements. With this additional building block in place, Cargill is now poised to actively source beef from CRSB-certified sustainable beef operations across Canada for both its High River and Guelph facilities.
This expansion allows Cargill to deliver on sustainability claims for its Canadian retail and foodservice partners nationally. This also means that the company is awarding financial credits for cattle that qualify at both High River and Guelph facilities, rewarding those producers who have had their sustainable practices verified as meeting CRSB requirements.
Through the financial incentives, Cargill and its customer partners are recognising producers for doing their part to raise animals and care for their beef operations according to CRSB's standards, across all five principles of beef sustainability: natural resources; people and community; animal health and welfare; food, and efficiency and innovation.
"As demand for protein continues to rise, we're excited to be able to expand our sustainable beef supply chain to help feed a growing population while supporting a healthy ecosystem," said Matt Gibney, general manager at the Cargill Guelph facility "Together, we can scale, share and support the good conservation practices that allow farmers and ranchers to prosper."
Anne Wasko, chair of the CRSB, said: "CRSB appreciates the dedication of Cargill to beef sustainability in Canada, putting into action the requirements of our Certified Sustainable Beef Framework, while at the same time, rewarding producers across Canada for their ongoing sustainability efforts. The expansion of sourcing to eastern Canada is an important step in our beef sustainability journey."