Guidelines and Audits
Slaughter Plant Guidelines and Audits
Since 1991, the AMI Foundation has encouraged its members to subscribe to voluntary animal welfare guidelines and to embrace auditing programs and they have done so. The meat industry was the first sector in animal agriculture to develop such guidelines and to begin self-audit programs.
Data collected by Colorado State University's Dr. Temple Grandin for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and major restaurant chains show that animal handling in the meat industry has improved dramatically during the last two decades. The data can be viewed at http://www.grandin.com
The North American Meat Institute released its updated 2017 Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines and Audit Guide in June 2017. This replaces the 2013 edition.
Livestock and Poultry Producer Guidelines and Audits
Beef Quality Assurance
Common Swine Industry Audit
Master Cattle Transporter
National Chicken Council Guidelines
National Dairy Farm Program
National Pork Board PQA Plus
National Turkey Federation Animal Care Best Management Practices
Sheep Care Guide