• The Welfair™ seal in animal welfare has been recognised as one the most innovative projects, since it addresses the current needs of society and opts for a responsible consumption model
Litera Meat, April 2021
Litera Meat has renewed its Welfair™ certification in animal welfare for the second year in a row, a seal officially approved by IRTA (the Catalonian Institute of Agri-Food Research and Technology) in collaboration with Neiker (the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development). The renowned entity ACERTA has been in charge of examining the different criteria in a thorough audit that resulted in an excellent report, proving the level of implication and commitment of the company in matters of animal welfare.
Continued improvement and the implementation of extraordinary measures have been key to uphold an outstanding global score in the various criteria assessed. A proof of that has been the enhancement of the road surface in the livestock unloading area carried out by the Infrastructure Department, which has allowed to reduce the rate of injuries occurring during the reception of animals. Moreover, the company’s in-house training centre periodically imparts three accredited modules in animal welfare, encouraging and promulgating the values of ethics and responsibility among its work team. Elena Massó, in-house veterinarian responsible for animal welfare matters within the company, outstands the collective efforts done to keep a high standard in best practices along the different production stages and states that ‘we will continue to convey the importance of adding value to our end product and —among the next measures to take— we will reinforce communication with our livestock suppliers, giving them more visibility in the process and promoting animal welfare criteria right from its origin’.
Improved Animal Welfare Standards Translates into Better Quality of the Products Reaching Consumers
To obtain and retain the Welfair™ certification, enterprises must subject to a yearly audit that guarantees the correct application of the protocols. Litera Meat has recently renewed this seal and thus reaffirms its commitment to animal welfare, opting for maximum product quality and a more respectful, demanding consumption model currently requested by society.