Ensuring appropriate care and well-being of food producing animals is a basic expectation of consumers across cultures and geographies. Yet different perspectives exist between markets on exact practices needed to ensure the humane treatment of animals. SSAFE supports and encourages the implementation of the official animal welfare standards established by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) across the food supply chain. In order to help achieve this SSAFE supported the development of an ISO technical specification for implementing the OIE standards and create a globally accepted protocol to implement OIE animal welfare standards at the production level in a manner that respects production differences while achieving the same welfare outcome.
The goal of this work was to facilitate the implementation of the Animal Welfare principles of the existing OIE code in the private sector, by means of a technical specification that sets out the requirements for managing animal welfare in the food chain. Compliance to OIE standards will not only help to improve animal welfare globally but will also establish a framework for all scientific outcomes-based animal welfare schemes to fit under, thus eliminating duplication of efforts.
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO TS 34700 was published on December 1st 2016. For further information and to purchase a copy please visit:
On December 6th 2016 SSAFE was invited to present its vision for Animal Welfare at the 4th OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare. A copy of the presentation can be downloaded below.
SSAFE has developed a guide to help the food industry understand what Industry 4.0 is and what it means in the context of food safety. The document recommends good practices and, through a series of case studies, helps demonstrate how food businesses along the food supply chain can best deploy Industry 4.0 to maximize the value and benefits of new technologies and strengthen food safety.
2017 was another record year for global food and drink industry acquisitions. Transactions averaged almost 14 a week; 40% more than five years ago.
To help packaging companies meet requirements in ISO 22000 (food safety management systems) as well as enable certification to a GFSI recognised scheme
The animal food, feed and ingredient industries play an important role in safeguarding food supply chains and protecting animal health.
Storage and transportation are integral elements in the food supply chain. Growers and food processors rely on proper storage and transportation practices