Robust Systematic Approach for Humane Animal Handling

All livestock establishments are required to comply with the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (HMSA), Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA), and Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 313 during handling and slaughter of livestock at their facility. The USDA Food Safety Inspection Services (FSIS) believes a systematic approach (methodical evaluation) to humane handling and slaughter helps ensure that establishments meet these requirements.

With a systematic approach, establishments focus on treating livestock in such a manner as to minimize excitement, discomfort and accidental injury the entire time they hold livestock in connection with slaughter.

Praedium will work with establishments in one of the following three categories:
1. The establishment has a Robust Systematic Approach to Animal Handling and Slaughter but desires to have a 3rd party audit and certification if appropriate.
2. The establishment thinks it has a Robust Systematic Approach to Animal Handling and Slaughter, but it is not sure, or it has lost the approval of USDA.
3. The establishment does not have a Robust Systematic Approach to Animal Handling and Slaughter.

The Praedium Assistance Program consists of three (3) key steps:
1. Gap Analysis – see where you are and what you are missing
2. Consulting and Training – employee training based on the Gap Analysis
3. Risk Assessment – once training has been implemented, a risk assessment is conducted to ensure the establishment is doing what it says it is doing

The Praedium Robust Systematic Approach program is designed for small to medium sized establishments. In addition, Praedium has developed animal handling and process templates for locker plants and very small establishments. These templates can be adjusted to fit the needs of the individual locker plant.

For more information please contact:
Marj Ocheltree, Program Manager
Glee Goodner, Animal Welfare Specialist