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A ground-breaking approach
pioneered by Fumagalli

10 November 2015

Animal welfare is the guiding principle of Fumagalli’s production

The quality of the products is a direct result of how animals are reared.

The importance of animal welfare is absolutely critical for Fumagalli Food Industry SpA. It’s the main principle underpinning the company’s supply chain. Fumagalli’s pioneering approach has always been based on the conviction that the quality of life in the herd and the feed and treatments given, are the only guarantee of a good, healthy pork product.

The precise definition of “animal welfare” is still an ongoing debate. A good starting point may be the definition of non-profit organisation Compassion in World Farming, which has been active globally for years highlighting companies that are committed to ensuring quality of life for farm animals. CWF has identified the five freedoms that constitute good animal welfare: 1. Freedom from hunger, thirst and malnutrition, 2. Freedom from discomfort and uncomfortable surroundings, 3. Freedom from pain, injury and disease 4. Freedom to express species-specific behavioural characteristics 5. Freedom from fear and stress.

With respect to these five freedoms, Fumagalli’s supply chain guarantees its pigs a 100% vegetable diet, rich in yeast, acidifiers, essential oils, omega 3, vitamins, minerals and metabolites. The rules established by Fumagalli for its own animal rearing or those in agistment are very clear: adequate space must be allowed for sows and pigs, well above the legal limits; a quality of life that can be seen in the health of pigs, free from vesicular diseases, Aujeszky’s and trichinella; antibiotics are not used for more than three months and pigs do not undergo mutilation. Straw bedding is provided, as are games to allow the pigs to lead active lives and reduce stress.

Researching animal welfare has therefore become the mainstay of the Fumagalli production process. This results in good quality, lean meats, which are low in cholesterol, hormone-free and rich in vitamins, all confirmed by the awards and certificates we have obtained worldwide.


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