Herndon, Virginia (March 23, 2017) – The NGO Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), the leading international nonprofit certification program improving the lives of millions of farm animals in food production, just published a new eGuide in Spanish to help Latin American farmers learn more about the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® program.
The eGuide is a farm-friendly version of HFAC’s policy manual, which shows farmers in Latin America how to apply to the international certification program, what to expect from a farm inspection, and how the Certified Humane® label on their products will help them meet Latin America’s growing consumer demand for humanely-raised food.
The Certified Humane® label assures consumers that farm animals, like dairy cows, cattle, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and laying hens, are raised on farms where they can express their natural behaviors, such as flapping wings and moving around freely in their environments. Farm animals must also be raised without animal by-products and without the use of antibiotics. HFAC’s Animal Care Standards can be found here.
“Consumers want farm animals raised humanely and expect producers and farmers to adapt to meet these demands,” says Luiz Mazzon, General Director of HFAC South America. “This is as an exciting trend in farm animal welfare that benefits both farmers and farm animals. Producers not aligned with raising farm animals humanely may lose market share going forward.”
Consumer demand for Certified Humane Raised and Handled® food has grown steadily since HFAC launched the certification program in Latin America in 2009. The program already includes several farms belonging to two of Brazil’s top food producers, Korin and BRF, in addition to other producers and farmers in Brazil, Peru and Chile.
HFAC is the only humane certification program for farm animals in Latin America. Since HFAC launched in May 2003, more than 667 million farm animals have been raised Certified Humane®.
HFAC is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, USA, and operates the Certified Humane® program in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Peru, and Chile.