Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Marketing Board clamps down on local dairy
Released by Saputo Inc./Voice file photo
Inc. announces it is not accepting milk from Chilliwack Cattle Sales and is
leading push for strict reform.
Since Saputo learned of the animal abuse at the farm in British Columbia
(BC) from which horrific images of cattle mistreatment were captured, the
Company has used its position as Canada’s largest milk processor to ensure
the situation is being addressed and that such reprehensible behaviour,
which offends not only Saputo's values but also those of its consumers and
customers, does not occur in the future.
The Company has reached out to the BC Minister of Agriculture, the BC Dairy
Association, the BC Dairy Council and the BC Farm Industry Review Board.
Saputo has taken the lead in bringing industry stakeholders together behind
a common goal: to ensure immediate consequences for those involved, and
enforceable legal measures to prevent future animal abuse.
Saputo supports the recommendation of the BC Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) that the Canadian Code of Practice for the Care
and Handling of Dairy Cattle, published in 2009, be adopted into BC law.
To set the record straight, Saputo does not own or operate any dairy farms
in British Columbia, or anywhere else in Canada. Like all dairy processors
in Canada, Saputo is required by law to purchase milk from the provincial
milk marketing boards. While we do not own the farms, we care deeply about
the way the milk we sell is produced. We will not accept milk from the BC
Milk Marketing Board supplied by this farm until we are fully satisfied that
strict animal welfare practices are in place.
We always strive to do the right thing and our stewardship of the public’s
trust in our industry is something we take very seriously. The abuse brought
to light in this case should be viewed as a catalyst for change to ensure
the proper treatment of dairy cattle through appropriate, enforceable and
legal measures including severe penalties for offenders.
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Saputo produces, markets, and distributes a wide array of dairy products of
the utmost quality, including cheese, fluid milk, extended shelf-life milk
and cream products, cultured products and dairy ingredients. We are one of
the top ten dairy processors in the world, the largest in Canada, the third
in Argentina and the fourth in Australia. In the US, the Company ranks among
the top three cheese producers and is one of the largest producers of
extended shelf-life and cultured dairy products.
Our products are sold in more than 40 countries under well-known brand names
such as Saputo, Alexis de Portneuf, Armstrong, Baxter, Dairyland, Dragone,
DuVillage 1860, Friendship, Frigo Cheese Heads, Great Midwest, King’s
Choice, Kingsey, La Paulina, Milk2Go, Neilson, Nutrilait, Ricrem, Salemville,
Scotsburn, Stella, Sungold and Treasure Cave. Saputo Inc. is a publicly
traded company whose shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under
the symbol “SAP”.
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