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Animal welfare

When dignity means freedom

We view animal welfare policies as an integral part of the principles of sustainability that guide company decisions with regard to production chain development. Working unhypocritically, step by step, towards an essential goal.

Camst recognises that the concept of animal welfare includes both physical and mental health and the freedom to engage in normal behaviours. The Group therefore requires its suppliers’ farms and management systems to be appropriate and to respect animals’ needs, in line with the Five Freedoms used by CIWF (Compassion in World Farming) to define animal welfare.

The agreement with suppliers

Camst asks its suppliers to guarantee compliance with current regulations and with the company’s sustainability principles. In particular, under the Camst standards:
• all products of animal origin used in the company’s production chains must come from animals correctly farmed, including in the end-of-life phase, in accordance with European regulations.
• no foods or ingredients obtained from cloned and genetically modified animals and/or their offspring may be used.

Egg production chain commitment

On the plate, all eggs look the same, but there are actually major differences. There are now well-established production chains for “barn” eggs, from hens which live on the ground, in spaces where they are free to move around and not in cages as in the past. The confinement of animals in cages is one of the first practices Camst has chosen to combat. It has therefore introduced a process which will eliminate battery poultry farms from the whole egg production chain by 2023, and from that of egg products by 2025. . Year by year, real results have gradually been achieved. In 2017 Camst received the Good Egg Award presented by Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), the world’s biggest international animal welfare organisation.

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