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July 19, 2019 | fairlife Featured News

fairlife Statement on Animal Care

 

July 19th, 2019:

Initial Dairy Farm Audits Complete

As part of fairlife’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement, and to ensure our supplying dairies are in compliance with the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) animal care program, we recently completed third-party audits of 100% of our supplying dairy farms. These audits were conducted by Food Safety Net Services Certification and Audit, LLC (FSNS C&A).

FSNS C&A evaluated all farms and did not report evidence of any animal cruelty or abuse. FSNS C&A reports included these specific findings:

  • Zero Tolerance Policies: The auditors verified that all of the farms’ employees have committed to our zero tolerance policy on animal abuse. Violation of this policy results in termination of any employee who has abused an animal on one occasion and, if appropriate, leads to an investigation by law enforcement. 
  • Animal Welfare Training: Documentation of employee training for specific animal care best practices was found at each farm. 
  • Body Condition Score: Animals were evaluated and found to have appropriate body size and were not emaciated. 
  • Locomotion: Animal movement was observed, and mobility scores met or exceeded targets of the FARM program. 
  • Hock/Knee Lesions: Animals were found to have minimal lesions or disturbances, findings which are consistent with proper bedding. 

In addition to audit results, we consistently measure somatic cell and standard plate counts. Our supplying farms consistently deliver low counts, which are key indicators of good animal health and are consistent with best practice protocols for animal management developed with veterinarians.

While pleased with the audit results, we believe in better. Therefore, we commit to constantly push ourselves towards continuous improvement. The completion of this phase lays a critical foundation for our ongoing work to attain the highest levels of transparency, sustainability, and animal well-being.

One way we’re pursuing this higher ground is to enlist an advisory council of independent experts in veterinary health sciences, animal well-being, workforce improvement, ethical farming practices, and on-farm innovation. Not only will the council strive to ensure we are protecting animals, they will hold fairlife to a higher standard that reflects our true values.

This is our commitment to you.

Tim Doelman
COO, fairlife

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