NFACC Information Update: May 2015
NFACC WELCOMES NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
NFACC is pleased to welcome A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. and McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited as new Associate members. We look forward to working with both companies.
“McDonald’s® is the leading foodservice company in the world. McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited, and its Canadian franchisees, own and operate more than 1,400 restaurants and employ more than 85,000 Canadians coast-to-coast. More than 80% of McDonald’s restaurants are locally owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs. At McDonald’s Canada, we are committed to working with our suppliers and industry experts to continually improve in the area of animal health and welfare. Our animal health and welfare program is an ongoing process of study, consultation, and innovation.”
“A&W is Canadian owned and operated and is the 2nd largest hamburger QSR [quick service restaurant] chain in Canada with over 840 restaurants from coast to coast. We are a burger centric company with fantastic beef, pork and chicken sandwiches for our guests. The quality of the protein is paramount for us and the raising and care of the animals that feed us is central in our specifications.”
AGRI ASSURANCE, MARKET RELEVANT CODES AND COMMUNICATION LEADERSHIP PROJECT* UPDATE
Codes of Practice
Bison – the Code Development Committee had their first meeting in March. A summary is available at www.nfacc.ca/progress-report-bison.
Chickens, Turkeys and Breeders – the Code Development Committee met in February and will meet again in May. Numerous sub-committee teleconferences have been held. A summary from the February meeting is available at www.nfacc.ca/poultry-progress-report. The public comment period is now tentatively scheduled for Fall 2015.
Poultry (layers) – the Code Development Committee met in March and will meet again in June. Numerous sub-committee teleconferences have been held. A summary from the March meeting is available at www.nfacc.ca/progress-report-layers.
Rabbits – the Code Development Committee had their first meeting in March. A summary is available at www.nfacc.ca/progress-report-rabbit.
Veal Calves – the Code Development Committee had their first meeting in March. A summary is available at www.nfacc.ca/progress-report-veal-calves.
Project Achievements Report - Year One
The first project achievements report for NFACC’s Agri Assurance project, Market Relevant Codes and Communication Leadership, is now available. The report features:
- opening remarks from Ryder Lee, NFACC Chair
- an overview of the new Code project
- the power of the public comment period
- an overview of NFACC’s engagement with stakeholders
- the NFACC Code development team
- the new Codes in action
- Code facts including a timeline on all the Codes.
View or download a copy from www.nfacc.ca/pdfs/nfacc/NFACC_Achievements_Report_2015.pdf.
* A project made possible through the AgriMarketing Program under Growing Forward 2, a federal –provincial –territorial initiative.
LOBLAW’S 2014 CSR REPORT RELEASED
Loblaw’s latest Corporate Social Responsibility Report (CSR) is now live on www.loblaw-reports.ca. The report summarizes Loblaw’s CSR activities for 2014, including the appointment of Dr. David Fraser as scientific advisor on animal welfare.
CANADIAN LIVESTOCK TRANSPORT (CLT) CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT
A national training and certification program for those who handle and transport farm animals will be made available online thanks to $180,000 in government funds. The money comes from Growing Forward 2, a five-year provincial and federal initiative that supports a variety of projects in the agriculture and agri-food industries. Visit www.animalhealth.ca to read the news release.