FOOD SAFETY

COMPLETE CONFIDENCE

It is imperative that consumers have confidence in the meat products they buy. That is why at Danish Crown we constantly develop food safety procedures – from our farms, to our slaughterhouses to our manufacturing plants.

We have a three-stage audit process which involves;

  • A self-audit by highly trained employees at both the farms and the slaughterhouses.
  • Thorough veterinary inspection at all stages.
  • Third-party official “unannounced” visits from government authorities to audit compliance with welfare legislation.

Our UK production facilities are fully BRC accredited.

“Recent scandals have highlighted some of the convoluted supply chains some meat goes through, so having a system like the one we have at Danish Crown where we can clearly demonstrate a “farm to fork” product is invaluable.”

Carl Beardshall,
Sales Director Danish Crown UK.

SAMPLE TESTING

Our level of sample testing is significantly higher than that required by EU legislation. We do tests for Salmonella, E. coli and Total Viable Count, as well as the standard tests for residues according to EU regulation, (pesticides, antibiotic and chemotherapeutical, heavy metals and hormones)

EU REGULATIONS
REQUIRED
DANISH CROWN
TESTED

PESTICIDES

ANTIBIOTIC and
CHEMOTHERAPEUTICAL

HEAVY METALS

HORMONES

SALMONELLA

E.COLI

TOTAL VIABLE COUNT

TRACEABILITY

A radio chip containing an identity number is assigned to each animal which gives us full traceability.

We control the entire supply-chain process from start to finish, including; ownership and management of the farms themselves, the design of the production plants, the equipment and machinery used at each stage and we have full records for each of our animals, so we can trace back your meat to the exact batch.

Traceability

ANIMAL WELFARE

HIGH STANDARDS

The achievement of high welfare standards is paramount throughout the whole production chain, on the farm, during transport and finally at the abattoir.

Although Danish animal welfare legislation is linked to EU law, in many areas we exceed these requirements; we operate to some of the highest standards of animal welfare in the world.

In 2013 we won Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) awards for two of our breeds of pigs.

Gentle treatment of animals on the day of slaughter not only practises good welfare, but it reduces levels of stress within the animal, thus resulting in higher quality meat.

We work in close alignment with the Danish Pig Research Centre, which is partially financed by our own farmers. They support the development of a responsible and economically sustainable pig industry with the highest possible level of welfare and a minimum impact on the environment.

ANIMAL WELFARE
MONITORING & MEASUREMENT

We have a three-stage audit process which involves;

A self-audit by highly trained employees at both the farms and the slaughterhouses.
Thorough veterinary inspection at all stages.
Third-party official ‘unannounced’ visits from government authorities to audit compliance with welfare legislation.