After an in-depth review of the steps Fairlife has taken to address animal welfare concerns, including third-party audits, a new zero tolerance policy, and discontinuing the use of milk from Fair Oaks Farms, Sunset Foods has started selling these products again in our stores.
Many of our customers rely on Fairlife products, and we are encouraged that the new policies will meet the values and standards we expect of all our suppliers.
Fairlife COO, Tim Doelman, shared the below information an update this month. You can continue to follow updated on the fairlife website, located here.
"Update from fairlife COO Tim Doelman on fairlife’s commitment to audit our supplying farms
As part of fairlife’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and to ensure our supplying dairies are in compliance with the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) animal welfare program, last month we committed to conducting third-party audits of our supplying dairy farms. This note is to update you on our progress.
As of today, our third-party auditor, Food Safety Net Services Certification and Audit (FSNS C&A), has completed audits of farms representing 90% of fairlife’s milk supply. FSNS C&A is in the process of completing the remaining audits and compiling a detailed audit report. We will post additional details of their audit findings by July 21st. In the meantime, here’s a summary of their key findings so far:
- Zero tolerance policies: The auditors verified that all of the farms’ employees have committed to our zero tolerance policy on animal abuse. Violation of this policy results in termination of any employee who has abused an animal on one occasion and, if appropriate, leads to an investigation by law enforcement.
- Healthy and well-cared for cows: Key animal wellness indicators, such as cow/calf hygiene and body condition met or exceeded performance target scores for each of these categories.
- Animal welfare training: The auditors verified that all the farms had signed training records and documentation for specific animal care best practices.
Also as we previously communicated, fairlife has discontinued the use of milk from Fair Oaks Farms.
Having grown up on a dairy farm, I wanted to revisit the operations for myself. So, in addition to having the third-party audits conducted, I have personally visited a majority of our supplying farms. I was pleased with what I saw as it is consistent with the FSNS C&A audit findings outlined above and demonstrates that our supplying farms are in compliance with the FARM program animal welfare standards.
fairlife is fully committed to requiring all our supplying farms to meet our animal welfare standards. To help meet that commitment going forward, each of our supplying farms will be audited 24 times per year, and all of these audits will be unannounced.
Stay tuned for additional findings from our third-party audits, which we will post here by July 21st."
Sunset will continue to monitor the situation and will update this page with any changes.