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Woolworths response

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Louise Louise QLD Posts: 10
1 5 Jun 2009
hi guys, i emailed woolworths about the poor conditions and got this response..... i was just wondering what you's thought.......


Thank you for your correspondence regarding the recent media comments
relating to a Tasmanian piggery.

Woolworths became aware of an issue at this particular farm some five
weeks ago. Upon being made aware we immediately sent our head livestock
buyer to the farm to conduct an inspection. We were not happy with the
conditions and issued the farmer with a list of improvements to be made
by Friday 15th May. It should be noted that this work was in addition to
a work order issued by the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industry
(DPI).

Given the fact that this piggery is a long standing supplier to
Woolworths and others, with no prior history of poor practice, we opted
to give this farm a chance to improve. This was decided on the basis
that if improvements were not made to our satisfaction then we would
cease to do business with this producer.

Our livestock team has visited the piggery on three occasions over this
period and we are satisfied that the improvements we stipulated have
been made in full. DPI Tasmania and the RSPCA have also visited the farm
in conjunction with the Woolworths livestock team and are also now
satisfied that the animal welfare standards on the farm meet acceptable
industry standards.

This farm was subject to an independent audit process and was last
audited in November 2008. No major issues were raised on this audit. We
can only presume that conditions deteriorated rapidly in recent months.
We believe this to be an isolated incident that reflects badly on the
generally high standard of practice from other pig producers in
Australia.

Prior to this incident, Woolworths had already begun a process of
reviewing animal welfare standards across the business. This work
continues.

april-san april-san QLD Posts: 368
2 5 Jun 2009
Louise said:
This farm was subject to an independent audit process and was last
audited in November 2008. No major issues were raised on this audit. We
can only presume that conditions deteriorated rapidly in recent months.
We believe this to be an isolated incident that reflects badly on the
generally high standard of practice from other pig producers in
Australia.

Prior to this incident, Woolworths had already begun a process of
reviewing animal welfare standards across the business. This work
continues.
what a load. they're just covering up their non-caring. they're so just trying to smooth it all over to make it sound like it's all ok. I don't believe them.

"Deteriorated rapidly in recent months"
yeah right. would they have done anything if an activist hadn't gone and publicised? no way!

thanks for posting that. woolworths didn't even reply to the one i sent.

Unleashed Unleashed VIC Posts: 17
3 5 Jun 2009
There is an earlier thread about the Woolworths response, which includes tips on writing a 'response' to their 'response'! Check it out here:
http://www.unleashed.org.au/community/forum/topic.php?t=115


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