CP Foods pledges to improve antibiotic-free meat products

CP Foods aims to improve animal health
calendar icon 25 August 2023
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Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) said it is moving toward a sustainable food system by emphasising animal welfare principle and responsible use of antibiotics throughout food value chains, as well as by applying of cutting-edge technology and innovation, according to a recent press release. The company aims to improve animal health in order to reduce the antibiotics resistance in food products, paving the way for a more sustainable food system.

Damnoen Chaturavittawong, senior vice president of the swine veterinary service department of CPF, stated that the company has prioritised the acceleration of food safety standards and environmentally friendly value chain. At animal husbandry, CP Foods has raised its animals, including hogs, poultry, and layers, in a climate-controlled, closed facility that has been certified by the Department of Livestock Development 's GAP standards. 

The company uses antimicrobials and antibiotics with care and consideration for all factors, including food safety, antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial residues, animal welfare, sustainability, and consumer preferences, in accordance with WHO's One Health principle recognizing the good health of people, animals, and the environment and aligned with its antimicrobial use stewardship in Food animals.

"Animal Welfare management is the essential strategy for quality control and food safety in order to improve animal health and thus reduce antibiotic use for treatment," said Chaturavittawong. 

In addition, CP Foods has partnered with Thailand's leading university to identify the risks and discover the solutions to prevent antibiotic resistance in food products and the environment, Chaturavittawong said.

CP Foods said it is prioritising the use of automation systems and modern technologies to increase the efficiency of animal farming operations, as well as conducting research and developing new or more effective methods to ensure safety and chemical-free food products. 

The company ensures the safety of its products by conducting in-house and third-party inspections throughout the production process and trace back to their origins. CP Foods has employed blockchain technology to improve the integrity of a massive quantity of data. The innovative method provides effective animal welfare monitoring and promotes the transparency of antibiotic resistance gene assessment on farms.

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