Colruyt takes extra measures for respectful slaughtering
Colruyt has imposed extra measures on slaughterhouses, in order to make sure the slaughtering process is monitored even better and takes place as respectfully as possible: with as little stress and pain for the animals as possible. This means that the slaughterhouses, among other things, have to provide camera surveillance and additional controls, as stated by FEBEV. Colruyt also has unannounced checks carried out.
Rigorous inspections for Colruyt suppliers
All Belgian slaughterhouses that work with our Fine Food Meat production department, are regularly inspected by our buyers and our quality control department. During these inspections, checks are carried out regarding whether the agreements concerning animal welfare are being followed. This includes regulations as set out in legislation and voluntary agreements as well as the additional measures within our own specifications. The stipulations of the FEBEV include that permanent camera surveillance must be provided at various strategic locations in the slaughterhouse. Furthermore, each slaughterhouse must have an Animal Welfare Officer. This officer makes sure that the slaughter process takes place with respect for the animals and reports to the management.
In addition, we also have unannounced checks carried out by Quality Control. This independent inspection body also checks whether the legal provisions and the additional requirements in our animal welfare specifications are being followed. This includes the correct use of animal anaesthesia. After all, we do not permit animals to be slaughtered without anaesthesia.
In 2019, all 30 Belgian slaughterhouses that supply Fine Food Meat were subjected to such an inspection. These inspections did not find any major shortcomings. Each slaughterhouse was given an inspection report and they have started working on the advised recommendations.
Join forces with the sector to slaughter respectfully
Stefan Goethaert, director of Colruyt Group Fine Food explains the initiative: “In the past we already took quite a few measures for more animal well-being. The events in 2017 showed us however that the slaughtering process does not always proceed correctly and that more measures are needed. To us it is clear what we want: handle animals with respect throughout the chain process. This is a learning process, step by step. First with our own suppliers and wider with the sector and the competent authorities. Our goal is not to take over from the authorities. However, we had to take steps and are convinced that we can only really make a difference if we work together.”