Today, Perdue Farms makes its first appearance in the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW), achieving the second highest of six levels. This level recognizes companies that made animal welfare integral to their business strategies, and placed Perdue Farms among the top 15% of more than 100 global food companies. Perdue was one of only three US poultry or meat companies to achieve Tier 2 or higher. The ranking covers the company’s welfare practices and policies for chickens, turkeys and hogs across all its brands, including PERDUE®, PERDUE® HARVESTLAND®, COLEMAN® ORGANIC®, COLEMAN® NATURAL® and local and specialty brands.
This recognition comes as Perdue Farms announces its investing more than $15 million at its Milford, Del. facility, the country’s largest organic poultry plant, on a higher-animal-welfare controlled atmospheric stunning (CAS) system plus a live-bird handling process that will be the first of its kind in the U.S. Perdue is the first – and only – major poultry company in the country to commit to converting 100 percent of its plants to CAS instead of electrical shocking, which also eliminates the process of shackling conscious birds.
The CAS implementation is now complete at the Milford facility which supplies 1.2 million organic and no-antibiotics-ever chickens per week. The second phase, the first of its kind in the U.S., will be implemented in fall 2018 and involves big changes in redesigned transport crates, added weather protection on the trucks and a fully-enclosed, temperature-controlled, de-stressing lairage area. With this system, birds are kept calm at the plant and never handled when conscious.
The new system creates a gentler, more humane environment for birds and a better working environment for employees who no longer have to handle live birds.
Please let me know if you are interested in speaking with Bruce Stewart-Brown, DVM, Perdue’s Senior Vice President of Food Safety, Quality and Live Production. Bruce has been instrumental in leading Perdue’s commitment to animal care and the selection and implementation of these new systems.