Grupo TGT Cheese Company, a leader in the production and distribution of cheese in Spain, recently received an animal welfare certificate for raw cow’s milk processed at its Alvega Lactes Naturales SL factory. In addition, TGT guarantees that 100% of the milk with which it manufactures its products at this factory, including the production of Lacturelle milk, Sayona milk and Natura Latte, meets the animal welfare requirements required by the certification.
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The delivery of the certificate took place on 25 October, and was awarded in two by Martin Pita, Director of the Atlantic Region and Emilio Flamaric, Regional Director in Navarra and La Rioja, by AENOR, the leading certification body in Spain. It operates, one in Alvega and the other at the Lacturale Headquarters in Etxberry. This certification has been collected by TGT’s general director, Sergi Ballel, who has said that “This certification is a recognition of the efforts and good work of our farms to offer the best products without neglecting the careful treatment the animals deserve to work every day.” We do. “
From now on, the packaging of products produced at TGT’s Alvega factory will have an animal welfare seal. Recognition of reputation and value that will contribute to increasing consumer confidence in our products.
Certificate in Animal Welfare
The Welfare® Animal Welfare Certification Scheme, developed by IRTA, emphasizes welfare quality and thorough assessment of animal welfare through the Evin® Protocol, which specifies the requirements that a livestock farm must meet. In addition, it guarantees strict compliance with the European Law on Animal Welfare at any time, or any other equivalent or higher, in cases where there is a locally strict law.
In order to obtain the certificate, each form of Lacturel Company was audited individually, leading to favorable results for Welfare Quality Award in all of them. Unlike other animal welfare schemes, audits in this process are based on direct observation of the animal through an evaluation of 4 principles: good nutrition, good housing, good health and appropriate behavior. Within these 4 principles, 12 different but complementary measurable animal welfare criteria are identified. In addition, there is a specific protocol for each animal species in this evaluation.
The certification assures the consumer the existence of a thorough audit at all stages of production with maximum information and transparency. Continuous improvement, self-control and traceability are aspects that are also covered.