Processor sustainability indicators released for public comment

The Canadian Round Table for Sustainable Beef seeks final public comment on its indicators used to measure sustainability practices for the processing sector.

The public comment period is from Oct. 5 to Nov. 4 according to a news release from the round table.

Sustainable beef is defined as a socially responsible, environmentally sound and economically viable product that prioritizes people, animals, the environment and the planet.

An indicator represents things that can be measured

like use of natural resources, commitment to people and community, animal health and welfare, food safety, efficiency and innovation. During the verification process points are awarded on each of these specific details.

The indicators for beef processors apply to plants where cattle are slaughtered for beef and co-products. Secondary processors are not included because they do not handle live animals.

The Canadian round table is a voluntary group and represents multiple players from the food chain. It is in the process of developing a verification network so members can produce and source verified beef.

All relevant material for the comment period can be found at bit.ly/1QH8F1w

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