Carrefour To Audit Meat Supplier Slaughterhouses
Retail giant Carrefour has announced that it will conduct an independent audit of all slaughterhouses that supply products sold under its Carrefour, Carrefour Bio, and Reflets de France brands, as well as Carrefour Quality Lines.
The move is aimed at ensuring that suppliers comply with the Animal Protection reference framework created by the Œuvre d’assistance aux Bêtes d’Abattoirs (OABA).
In a first in the French retail sector, Carrefour has also asked for cameras to be installed inside slaughterhouses.
A pilot project will be carried out in collaboration with the Cooperl cooperative, which will install cameras in three slaughterhouses.
It will share the results of the test with Carrefour and OABA.
This initiative is an additional measure to tighten the checks, which are already being carried out, in the slaughterhouses operated by its suppliers and livestock farmers.
Undertaking The Audit
The audits will be guided by the terms of reference drawn up by OABA, based on the animal protection reference framework.
The not-for-profit association will also train auditors from Bureau Veritas, a fully independent inspection and certification body, which will be carrying out checks throughout 2019.
Around 84 audits will be conducted before the end of the year, the company said.
Carrefour has signed a tripartite agreement with the OABA and Bureau Veritas to implement the project.
The first audit was conducted on 20 December 2018 in the slaughterhouse in Limoges in France.
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