Open dialogue between suppliers and JBS® is the conduit for ensuring, maintaining and improving the lives of the cattle in our supply chain. All JBS cattle suppliers provide an affidavit indicating compliance with governmental regulations and state or national BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) certification programs. Additionally, many cattle suppliers conduct internal and third party audits to verify compliance with these industry-driven standards.
There is an Animal Welfare Team at each beef facility comprised of Team Members from quality assurance, operations and procurement that ensure that the policies and procedures required by the Animal Welfare Policy are being correctly implemented and followed at all times.
Each beef plant has one or two PAACO (Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization)-trained individuals on the quality assurance and operations teams. JBS has implemented a robust, systematic approach to humane handling at the beef processing facilities
(per USDA-FSIS Directive 6900.2).
This program involves initial assessment of the facility to subsequently design and implement practices that ensure low-stress animal movement. These practices are evaluated daily to verify effectiveness and foster an environment of continual improvement. Quality assurance personnel at the JBS plants conduct daily audits to verify adherence to NAMI (North American Meat Institute) Animal Handling Guidelines. JBS is committed to meeting or exceeding government and industry-wide standards for humane animal handling.
JBS has installed cameras in all animal handling areas at all nine beef plants. Arrowsight, a remote video auditing firm, conducts daily handling audits and provides feedback to the JBS beef plants. This program complements the existing animal welfare program. This technology has enhanced JBS training programs and is used as a tool to develop and improve animal handling skills in all of the JBS beef plants.