Colruyt takes additional measures for respectful slaughtering

Colruyt has imposed extra measures on slaughterhouses, in order to make sure the slaughtering process is monitored even better in the future and takes place as respectfully as possible (with as little stress and pain as possible). All suppliers have to comply with the measures from the FEBEV covenant. This means that they have to provide camera surveillance and additional controls. Colruyt will also have unannounced checks carried out.

Additional measures for Colruyt suppliers

All 25 slaughterhouses Colruyt works with, have been visited by the buyers over the past few weeks. Each slaughterhouse was asked to observe the covenant of FEBEV (Federation of Belgian Meat) by end December – even if the slaughterhouse is not a member. They have to provide camera surveillance in strategic places in the slaughtering process and allow an audit by the Thomas More Hogeschool. Colruyt also asks each slaughterhouse to appoint an “Animal Welfare Officer” (AWO). This person has to permanently monitor the respectful slaughtering and report directly to the management. Finally, in the short term, Colruyt will also have unannounced checks carried out by the control organism “Quality Control”. 

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. Recent events 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, nor to criticize them. We are merely convinced we can and must take a few steps but that we can only make a real difference if we do it together.”