February 26, 2018

FARM Progam is ISO Compliant

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The National Dairy FARM Program received affirmation from USDA this week that it was compliant with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Animal Welfare Management/ General Requirements and Guidance for Organizations in the Food Supply Chain. That’s a lot of words. “ISO compliance means dairy customers both here and abroad can safely trust their products meet the stringent, internationally recognized animal welfare standards set by OIE,” says Emily Meredith, National Milk Producers Federation chief of staff.

“What’s more,” she says, “our dairy farmers can rest assured they only need to comply with one program—FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management)—and not a potential myriad of other guidelines. This recognition becomes even more critical as nearly 16% of U.S. milk production is exported to foreign customers.”

The designation of the FARM Program as ISO compliant is the first livestock animal care program in the world to receive such a designation. The assessment process was lengthy, but it corroborates that FARM’s science-based approach to animal care now sets the standard for the dairy value chain both here in the U.S. and across the globe, Meredith says.

Consumers around the world can be assured that U.S. dairy foods come from animals that are treated under internationally recognized, quality animal care standards, she says.