NSF’s Global Animal Wellness Standards

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NSF Global Animal Wellness Standards take a holistic approach to animal wellness and go above and beyond traditional animal welfare to include additional dimensions such as the environment, physical conditions and the social and emotional well-being of the animals.

The NSF Global Animal Wellness Standards address the full life cycle of all key species. These standards provide a solution for global companies looking for a consistent approach to animal wellness and are directly aligned with the five freedoms and science-based welfare principles and criteria.

No matter where in the world you source animals/animal products, the standards provide assurance that a strong, consistent animal wellness system is in place along the entire protein supply chain.

The standards cover production, transport, assembly and slaughter for all key species including beef, dairy, small ruminants, pigs, hatchery, meat poultry and egg-laying poultry.

The standards have three tiers (baseline, assurance and certification) so there is an opportunity for specifying customers to bring suppliers on board at the baseline, but encourage growth and development to achieve higher tiers, up to certification.

Standards

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standards: This scheme document outlines the process for certification to the NSF Global Animal Wellness Standards.

Beef

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Livestock Assembly): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for livestock assembly.

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Cattle Transport): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for cattle transport.

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Beef Slaughter): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for beef production.

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Beef Production): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for beef production.

Dairy

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Dairy Cattle Production): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for dairy cattle production. Transport, assembly and slaughter are covered in relevant beef standards.

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Small Ruminant Dairy Production): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for small ruminant dairy production. Transport, assembly and slaughter would be covered in relevant small ruminant standards.

Small Ruminants

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Small Ruminant Slaughter): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for small ruminant slaughter.

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Small Ruminant Transport): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for small ruminant transport.

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Small Ruminant Production): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for small ruminant production.

Pigs

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Pig Slaughter): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for pig slaughter.

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Pig Transport): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for pig transport.

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Pig Production): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for pig production.

Hatchery

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Hatchery): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for hatchery. Transport, assembly and slaughter would be covered in relevant beef or small ruminant standards.

Meat and egg-laying poultry

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Poultry Slaughter): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for poultry slaughter.

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Poultry Transport): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for poultry transport.

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Meat Poultry Production): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for meat poultry production.

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Live Poultry Assembly): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for live poultry assembly.

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standard (Laying Poultry Production): This NSF standard sets animal wellness requirements for laying poultry production. Hatchery, transport, assembly and slaughter would be covered in relevant poultry standards.

Why Work With NSF?

NSF International developed the NSF Global Animal Wellness Standards to address the full lifecycle of all key species and establish best practices for how animals are kept, raised and responsibly managed. The standards are the first of their kind in establishing a universal approach to animal health and wellness.

In addition to being built around our expertise in standards development and background in food safety and quality, the Global Animal Wellness Standards were reviewed by an independent panel representing industry, academia and regulatory authorities. Technical experts from Canada, the U.S., the UK and South America -- including Dr. Temple Grandin, a Colorado State University animal science professor and livestock consultant -- were selected for their expertise.

NSF has facilitated the development of over 80 currently active voluntary American National Standards under the scope of public health, safety, environment and sustainability assessment.  NSF/ANSI standards are developed through a public process that ensures balanced input from industry representatives, public health/regulatory officials and users/consumer representatives.

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