IAWS: Improvement of productivity through animal welfare
Some scientific studies indicate that the application of higher life quality for animals involves a reduction in mortality, higher meat quality and, consequently, an easier conquest of markets that are more and more interested and demand more this welfare. Therefore, it means higher productivity and economic efficiency for meat companies.
The animal welfare and biosecurity certification INTERPORC ANIMAL WELFARE SPAIN (IAWS), based on the 5 freedoms established by the OIE and the 12 general criteria of animal welfare taking into account European regulations, ensures compliance with the regulations in this matter and establishes even more demanding requirements. By optimizing the care of the animals through a correct diet based on their nutritional needs, the correct state and maintenance of their housing, the adequate sanitary status of the farms, and allowing the development of the natural behaviors of the species, it has a positive effect on the productivity of farms.
A Scientific Committee of experts in animal welfare provides the scientific component and evaluates and decides on any modification to be applied to the Animal Welfare and Biosafety Technical Regulation IAWS. Therefore, it becomes a dynamic regulation and a tool for continuous improvement based on scientific principles.
Through the seal "WELFARE COMMITMENT CERTIFIED", the operators guarantee the good practices carried out not only in animal welfare but also in food safety, animal handling, animal health and biosecurity, producing general improvements in all these matters.
More and more countries require and request standards and certifications in animal welfare for the exports of meat products. In this sense, the IAWS certification is the certification of the Spanish white pork sector, so its international promotion and acceptance by the main importing countries of Spanish meat benefit its trade.
Consumers, being more aware of animal welfare every day, look for products that provide food safety and quality through seals that certify it at the same time. The IAWS certification provides these aspects and has a positive impact, inspiring confidence in the consumer, and generating a higher reputation and sales of the product.
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