For the production stage, each plant has at least one person responsible each shift with animal welfare training.
All team members who come into contact with animals are trained on preventing injuries and stress. The plant’s managers are responsible for ensuring that a sufficient number of team members are used on the hanging line during the entire process, which runs at a speed that does not cause stress to birds. After hanging, the animals undergo a desensitization process and continue to processing.
In the case of hogs, their skin must be moist and be free of excessive dirt. In the event that CO2 is used, the right concentration must be applied, respecting the minimum time and maximum number of animals in the chamber.
In addition to these measures, the Company invests in improvements to its production process. In 2019, approximately R$ 14.5 million has been invested in animal welfare improvements at Seara production units.
Turkey farm in Caxias do Sul (RS)
Seara maintains continual investments to assure a portfolio of high-quality products, in line with global market trends. To do this, the Company offers antibiotic-free, organic, vegetarian and natural products, in addition to its traditional product line.
Animal health and safety are top priorities and are common to every product range. Seara has a very strict internal policy on antibiotic use. The entire process of acquisition, use, registration and traceability is maintained in the production chain. The Company follows the premises of all of the markets and customers with which it works, while also complying with all items required by law in Brazil. Seara does not use antibiotics preventively at any stage in its production.
Notable in the Seara special portfolio are the Da Granja range, with antibiotic- and anticoccidial-free products and chickens fed using green feed; Organic Chicken range, with organic certification and free range animals; and the Nhô Bento line, with free-range chickens.
Seara has specific certifications at some facilities that attest to its commitment to comply with national and international legal requirements, including Global Gap and HFAC/Certified Humane. For plants to export products, they must also comply with buyer country rules. Seara moreover performs quarterly internal audits of all processing plants, aimed at ensuring compliance with the requirements set forth.