On-Farm Animal Welfare Audits

The humane treatment of animals is important to everyone, and it’s quickly becoming a key criterion for consumers evaluating food products in the grocery store aisle. Validus delivers third-party verification and certification to ensure that producers are adhering to animal welfare standards at the farm level, through transportation to insensibility, in the processing facility.

Our Validus Dairy Animal Welfare Program includes a comprehensive audit and assessment of a farm’s animal care practices and provides correctives steps and actions when necessary.  This program is performed on-farm by Validus auditors who are trained on ISO standards.   Auditors are required to participate in ongoing, comprehensive training and re-certification on an annual basis.

Validus also has Animal Welfare Review programs for the swine, egg, beef and poultry industries.

For more information regarding Animal Welfare Review programs, please visit www.validuscertified.com.

PAACO Our Dairy and Swine Audits have been certified by the Professional
Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO)
United Egg Producers Validus is the only privately held company approved to conduct audits for the United Egg Producers (UEP); and their member companies. Validus auditors conduct the on-site audits according to UEP Animal Husbandry Guidelines for U.S. egg laying flocks, which includes both caged and cage-free production, of which they have been trained. Audits are based on each component of the guidelines listed on the UEP audit.

Recognizing the growing concern for animal welfare worldwide, the United Egg Producers (UEP) commissioned a Scientific Advisory Committee for Animal Welfare. The Scientific Advisory Committee provided UEP with recommendations and guidelines on which the UEP Animal Husbandry Guidelines were based.

While the Animal Husbandry Guidelines were presented to the egg industry as a voluntary program, it has since evolved into the committed “United Egg Producers Certified” program. In addition to meeting the Animal Husbandry Guidelines, a company must meet requirements on the following:

  • Housing and Space Allowance
  • Beak Trimming
  • Molting
  • Transportation and Handling

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) have endorsed UEP’s Animal Husbandry Guidelines

Click here to review the Validus Animal Welfare Review Dairy Audit Standard. 

For more information, contact:
Matt Jones, Vice President of Auditing, 515-278-8002