Welfare and Quality Check - WQC

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Welfare and Quality Check

Welfare and Quality Check - WQC

Animal welfare and meat quality are closely linked. When you improve animal welfare, you improve meat quality, and you increase your profit.

WQC, a tool for animal welfare control.

According to regulations in many countries and consumer demands, slaughterhouses must secure and document the welfare of the animals on the day of slaughter.

The WQC protocol contains a well-defined setup of questions and observation points that combines management related issues with practical arrangements, animal-based measures and meat quality. WQC is based on the layout of the individual slaughterhouse.WQC includes observations and graduation of typically 6 to 13 indicators within each of the 4 important areas: unloading, lairage, stunning and meat quality.

The WQC provides the slaughterhouse with a comprehensive and simple overview of the status at hand that is easy to communicate. 

The perfect tool for surveillance, benchmarking and communication of your animal welfare status.

The concurrent training of slaughterhouse employees ensures implementation of the WQC system and ongoing focus on animal welfare.

Furthermore, the design of the check allows for inclusion of specific customer demands related to animal welfare, providing the slaughterhouse with a customized protocol.




Scrøder-Petersen, DL (2019) Meatingpoint Magazine issue 24, p:26-27
                                            Good animal handling before slaughter is also good business