Throughout its history, Olymel has adopted the best practices in its field. The practices it adopts for treatment of live animals meet the highest standards of animal welfare.
As a major producer and processor of pork and poultry meats, Olymel requires that its employees and suppliers treat the animals with the greatest respect. From breeding and shipping to slaughtering, our company meets the highest standards of animal welfare and has adopted a consistent policy in this area.
From breeding and shipping to receiving, handling and slaughtering, Olymel scrupulously respects the regulations of oversight agencies, ensuring that its practices comply with--and even exceed--standards in force.
Beyond the regulatory aspect, the humane treatment of animals is not just a priority; it is one of the company's fundamental values--a value to which all employees are asked to subscribe.+
In accordance with its policy and corporate commitment to animal welfare, Olymel has also developed codes of practice for the employees of its slaughterhouses. The management of each facility is responsible for applying best practice codes, raising awareness and ensuring adequate training of all staff involved in handling animals.
Any action that might affect the welfare of live animals or inflict unnecessary suffering, and any disrespectful behaviour toward animals, are subject to zero tolerance and may result in sanctions.+
Hog producers that supply Olymel slaughterhouses have implemented the Canadian Quality Assurance Program (CQA), a framework that includes a large component dealing with animal welfare.
Olymel ensures that animal breeding and shipping conditions, and the handling of animals from farm to slaughterhouse, meet the highest standards of animal welfare. And once a year, our shippers must undergo an audit to evaluate their practices.+
In recent years, Olymel, together with its principal owner, La Coop, has embarked on development of a hog supply chain in order to combine the efforts of the entire production chain and achieve the highest quality standards.
Many of the poultry producers have also set up programs on their farms similar to those in hog production operations. Among these high standards, animal welfare figures prominently in the application of the La Coop certified pork supply chain's very stringent specifications.+
All our slaughterhouses must meet the highest standards of animal welfare. Olymel relies on a professional staff as well as several outside experts to develop its programs and monitor implementation.
To maintain these standards at the highest levels, we perform internal audits on a continuous basis at all levels of responsibility, from slaughtering supervisors and quality assurance departments in the facilities right up to the corporate level.+
In the pig slaughtering industry, the process of receiving animals is governed by several strict rules. All necessary measures are taken to respect the animals' integrity in order to ensure their comfort, minimize stress, prevent injury and avoid suffering.+
Several years ago, Olymel developed a training and audit program for teams of workers responsible for catching and caging poultry for shipment to the slaughterhouse.
Handling of birds arriving at the slaughterhouse involves special procedures. The poultry must be treated with the greatest possible care to avoid stress, injury and suffering.+
Olymel develops its animal welfare programs based, among other things, on the internationally recognized expertise of Dr. Temple Grandin, a leading specialist on the humane treatment of animals. Olymel follows Temple Grandin's work and achievements with great interest, and often adopts her recommendations.
Dr. Grandin was even a guest of the Olymel slaughterhouse and pork butchering facility at Vallée-Jonction in the Beauce on July 31, 2012.+
In the spring of 2011, Olymel and its partner Exceldor marked a first in Canada by modernizing the turkey slaughtering system in the Unidindon plant at St-Jean-Baptiste-de-Rouville, Montérégie.
Unloading of trailers is fully automated, avoiding stressful handling of birds and injuries. The cages containing the turkeys are then automatically conveyed through a tunnel in which the birds are anaesthetized with CO2 without unnecessary stress or suffering in a process that meets the highest standards of animal welfare.+
As part of its ongoing efforts to achieve the most humane treatment of animals possible, Olymel has adopted a position on the use of gestation crates for sows.+