Cargill will be able to source beef from farms and ranches across the country that are certified under Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef protocols.
However, while the company’s processing plant in Guelph, Ont. has successfully completed certification, it was temporarily shut down on Dec. 17 after more than 80 workers contracted COVID-19.
Once it is back up and running, Cargill said it will award “financial credits” for verified sustainable cattle at both its High River and Guelph facilities.
The move is “an important step in our beef sustainability journey,” said Anne Wasko, chair of the sustainable beef roundtable. “As a beef producer myself, this is a strong signal of the demand for showing the sustainable practices we already have in place,” she said.