Broiler Chicken Business
Cargill has a growing broiler chicken business and is a leading producer of chicken products in Europe, Russia, Asia/Pacific, Latin America and Canada. We are aligning our care and handling of chickens raised for food with the expectations of our customers and consumers.
Our birds are handled with care using low-stress methods following best practices that keep the animals’ welfare at the forefront.
Where Cargill owns farms, our employees receive training to ensure birds receive the highest level of care. Our contract farmers share our values and pledge to maintain excellent animal handling and management that meet our requirements.
We have many Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) certified staff across North America and all employees at processing plants who handle birds regularly receive training on how to recognize, and mitigate, bird stress by employing the proper handling techniques. We abide by all local regulations and follow all regional guidelines established for the broiler chicken industry.
Cargill is committed to be a leader delivering safe, humanely treated chicken through research, innovation and employing best practices.
Humane handling on the farm
- Our Canadian business abides by the Chicken Farmers of Canada’s national on farm guidelines.
- Our European business has best-practice handling aligned with its strict local animal welfare legislation.
- Similarly our Philippines operations where there is legislation that covers best practice both on farm and at the processing plant
- Our Thai business has national best-practice guidelines for bird handling at the farm and strict animal welfare legislation that applies to transportation and processing plant.
Broilers processed at our Canadian facility abide by the Chicken Farmers of Canada’s Animal Care guidelines, National Farm Animal Care Council, as well as the National Chicken Council’s (NCC) animal care best practice guidelines.
Our European business has best-practice handling aligned with its strict local animal welfare legislation. The remainder of our broiler businesses adhere to the best practices that mirror those of the NCC.
Where we own our grow-out operations, our employees are trained to handle birds with care. Our contract farmers share our values and pledge to maintain excellent animal handling and management as Cargill suppliers.
Humane handling at processing
We have many PAACO-certified staff across North America and Latin America working with our employees at processing plants to provide training on how to recognize and mitigate bird stress and employ proper low stress animal handling. Most recently, some parts of our Latin America business received training and Poultry Welfare Officer (PWO) certification. The University of Bristol PWO certification is widely recognized by retailers, industry and policy makers throughout the UK and EU, as providing high caliber animal welfare training. This training and PWO designation also meet the requirements of EU regulations and therefore applies to our European business. Our Asian processing plants also provide training on how to recognize and mitigate bird stress and employ proper low-stress animal handling, reflect best practices expectations for our North American counterparts, as well as from third party external audits.
Industry standards and guidelines
All our birds are handled with care using low-stress methods. Broilers processed at our Canadian facility abide by the Chicken Farmers of Canada’s Animal Care guidelines as well as the National Chicken Council’s animal care best practice guidelines.
We also abide by the NFACC’s new broiler chicken code of practice. Our European business has best-practice handling aligned with its strict local animal welfare legislation. In China, we follow the Chinese Broiler Welfare Industry Standard.
The remainder of our broiler businesses adhere to the best practices that generally mirror those of the NCC as well as incorporating local best practices.
We, and our suppliers, raise broiler chickens in many parts of the world. Some countries, such as Canada and those which comprise the United Kingdom (UK), have specific farm animal welfare regulations. We handle and care for our birds, at level that often exceed regulatory requirements where regulations do exist and, in regions where they do not, our birds are cared for with the same level of responsibility and industry best practices.