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Animal Welfare Monitoring – Industry*

ODS 15
2019 2020 2021
% of Animals stunned - 88,26 89,56
% of Stun effectiveness on first attempt - 97,63 97,80
% of Animals poorly stunned in the discharge/drop area - 0,001 0,09
Time between stunning and bleeding (seconds) - 53,00 54,60
% of Slips while handling during unloading and driving through corridors - 0,010 1,87
% of Falls while handling during unloading and driving through corridors - 0,01 0,54
% of Vocalizations of animals while driving along the corridors, raceway narrowing and stun box - 0,06 1,22
% of Use of electric prods to drive the animals - 97,85 5,29
% of Conformity in the spray bath - 2,24 98,39
Density of pens (m²/animal) - 2,24 2,27
% of Animals identified as being in poor health - 0,003 0,02
Carcasses with bruises - 4,61 4,16
% of Mortality - 0,002 0,02
% of Emergency slaughter - 0,015 0,04
% Animals slaughtered under Kosher standards - 2,00 3,63

Context

Minerva Foods adheres to high standards of animal welfare in its processes, based not only on legislation in the countries where it operates, but also on the main internationally recognized codes and protocols. The Animal Welfare Policy and Program establishes strict requirements that must be observed in all company operations and businesses at all stages of slaughter, processing, distribution and acquisition of ingredients for processing.
Over the last two years, a series of processes and practices were standardized to expand our monitoring of animal welfare, among them a compliance array that tracks 42 indicators at different stages of the production process. The company has also increased its investment in animal welfare, in the number of training courses held, in communications on the subject, and in its transparency regarding performance.
* Overall average for Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay

 

Animal Welfare Monitoring – Transport*

ODS 15
2019 2020 2021
Average transport time (hours) - 4,68 5,33
% of Animals transported on journeys of up to 8 hours - 87,39 86,89
Average distance radius of transport (Km) - 239,64 239,64

Context

The Animal Welfare policy and Program of Minerva Foods establishes strict requirements that are also applied to the ranches from which the cattle originate. Our cattle ranching partners and transport operators are fully trained and instructed on how to raise and handle the animals in a humane manner, all in accordance with the 5 principles of animal welfare. The Company also distributes the Animal Welfare Booklet and other educational materials for professionals involved with animal handling.

*Overall average for Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay

Animal Welfare Monitoring – Ranch

ODS 15
2019 2020 2021
% of Animals raised in feedlots - 39,83 29,80
% of Castrated* animals - 14,35 25,05

Context

The Animal Welfare policy and Program of Minerva Foods establishes strict requirements that are also applied to the ranches from which the cattle originate. Our cattle ranching partners and transport operators are fully trained and instructed on how to raise and handle the animals in a humane manner, all in accordance with the 5 principles of animal welfare. The Company also distributes the Animal Welfare Booklet and other educational materials for professionals involved with animal handling.

*Overall average for Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay

Training and Qualification

ODS 15
2019 2020 2021
Total number of trainings held - 466 292
Total number of employees trained - 460 486
Total number of third-party personnel trained - 1,158 1,419

Context

Our cattle ranching partners and transport operators are fully trained and instructed on how to raise and handle the animals in a humane manner, all in accordance with the 5 principles of animal welfare. The Company also distributes the Animal Welfare Booklet and other educational materials for professionals involved with animal handling.

Animal Welfare Audits*

ODS 15
2019 2020 2021
% of Compliance in second party audits from the BEA - 97,03 97,29
% of Compliance in third party audits from the BEA - 99,37 99,49

Context

Minerva Foods units in South American countries are certified under the NAMI (North American Meat Institute) protocol, which verifies that animals are kept healthy, comfortable, well-nourished and safe; that they behave innately and do not suffer from pain, fear or distress; in addition to assessing that there is appropriate shelter, proper handling, nutrition and humane slaughter.

*Overall average for Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay

Animal welfare non-compliances

ODS 15
2019 2020 2021
Number of non-conformities that generated fines 8 - 64
Number of non-conformities that generated warnings 30 7 56

Context

Minerva Foods employs staff that monitor the animal handling process at all of its production units. It also holds training sessions with its partners that operate in the raising, handling and transport of the animals from the supplier ranch until they arrive at the industry. All non-conformities observed are immediately evaluated and addressed in order to reduce risks and ensure maximum animal wellbeing.