Do you certify abattoirs and meat processing plants?
Yes. Concern for the welfare of animals is central to our organic principles. This applies throughout the animal's life including slaughter. Our standards require that animals are taken to an abattoir that holds an organic license. Slaughter systems must be designed and managed to ensure livestock are not caused unnecessary distress. They must operate in a way that avoids contamination of organic and non organic meat.
Our licensees are inspected annually to ensure that they are complying with our standards. They are also subject to spot inspections without advanced warning. If the abattoir is also killing non organic animals, we require that a Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) inspector or other nominated authority checks animal welfare and correct identification.