The humane treatment of beef cattle is an imperative for many reasons: that it’s the right thing to do, and that it makes for higher quality product to have healthy, happy animals,… these are just two of the no-brainers on the subject. We believe in humane treatment so much that we’re in the process of joining the fantastic Certified Humane® program.
And so we’re happy at hearing the news today that the USDA has issued more robust inspection instructions for humane livestock treatment:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today issued a directive with new instructions to its inspectors that will better ensure the humane treatment and slaughter of livestock presented for processing at FSIS-inspected facilities. FSIS will train its personnel to ensure they are prepared to carry out these new instructions.
“USDA is deeply committed to ensuring the humane treatment of livestock at federally-inspected establishments,” said Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen. “We are honoring that commitment with clear guidance and better training for our inspection program personnel.”