High quality standards
All 9 Charal sites are ISO 9001 certified. Of these, 7 also have IFS accreditation
awarded by French standards body AFAQ-AFNOR Certification. This verifies that
the company complies with international Quality Management and Food Safety standards.
ISO 9001 is based on a highly client-centred Quality Management System.
IFS (International Food Standard) accreditation guarantees safety and quality in the food production process.
- Selection of farms : Charal conducts some 1000 on-farm audits every year following the Charal standards as well as the "National Charter of Good Animal Husbandry"
- Compliance with animal welfare regulations, good practices in animal husbandry and transportation standards. The presence of two animal welfare officers at each abattoir lead by the Charal Veterinary consultant and targeted training for all staff concerned.
The effectiveness of stunning methods (consciousness and reflex movement tests) is monitored daily. Each site undergoes internal audits and the criteria used are even more stringent than those imposed by animal welfare regulations.
- Beef can be traced from birth to end product including packaging thanks to an ID number and "passport".
- Some 750 tests are conducted daily by close to 50 technicians, engineers and vets carrying out controls that cover the entire production cycle, to internal standards five to ten times more stringent than those required by current legislation.