Data collected by Colorado State University's Dr. Temple Grandin for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and major restaurant chains show that animal handling in the meat industry has improved dramatically during the last two decades. The data can be viewed at http://www.grandin.com/
The AMI Foundation released its updated 2012 Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines and Audit Guide in August 2012. This replaces the 2010 edition.
Many companies also retain third party expert auditors. American Meat Institute members who perform third party animal welfare audits include:
- Food Safety Net Services Ltd.
- NSF - Cook & Thurber
- Process Management Consulting
- J Woods Consulting, (403) 684-3008
To download a customer-friendly brochure about AMIs audit program, click here.