At Donald’s Fine Foods, we take great care of farm animals - from farming to transportation to harvesting – seriously. We firmly believe that good animal husbandry practices and humane handling are ethical responsibilities and deliver many benefits, including improving the quality of our products.
The responsibility for and a commitment to high standards for animal care is shared among our employees and service providers. All of our producers are CQA (Canadian Quality Assurance) certified, and our PAACO (Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization) certified auditors perform detailed assessments of our programs and policies, as well as visit our producers to ensure best practices for animal welfare are consistently met.
The transport of animals from the farm is an important step in the food chain and must be done in accordance with the law. We believe it is critical that the entire transportation process (including loading, transit, and unloading) does not cause injury or suffering to the animals. We follow safe animal handling regulations and require our transportation companies to adhere to the regulations and policies regarding farm animal transport. Our producers are registered commercial farmers who work with commercial veterinarians and CLT (Canadian Livestock Transport) certified transporters.
Our company policy serves as a reminder to employees that the welfare of animals under their care comes before any economic consideration. Our unwavering commitment to animal welfare includes a combination of internal standards, practices and training, third party audits, and 24/7 surveillance.
We stress vigilance in our everyday work to ensure high standards of animal care: not only is it the right thing to do, it also leads to excellent product.
The Donald’s Fine Foods group of companies take great effort to reduce our impact on the environment in the communities in which we operate.
We are proud members of the Sustainable Food Alliance of BC. The members of the Alliance represent different sectors of the food industry and each have industry specific goals and objectives. The common issue which forms the focus of the Alliance is maintaining a strong and lasting circular food economy for British Columbians and doing so in a way that is not in disharmony with an urban environment. The food system circle, represented by the activities of the Alliance members, utilizes products that would otherwise burden landfills while supporting an economically viable local food system.
We are also working closely with Climate Smart. Climate Smart helps a wide range of businesses to reduce their operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as part of the transition to a low-carbon, resilient economy. We are engaged to find better, less carbon-intensive ways to produce and distribute in order to achieve the scope and scale of change required to adequately address climate change.
All of our facilities have extensive recycling programs for plastic, cardboard and organic materials.
We strongly feel it’s our responsibility as a partner in our communities to reduce the amount of materials going into landfill and make sure we do everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint.
Donald’s Fine Foods, Britco Pork Inc., and Thunder Creek Pork are a member of the Board of Trade or Commerce in Richmond, Langley, and Moose Jaw respectively. We support school studies by donating specimens from the animals we process. Donald’s Fine Foods and the Leung family have been long term supporters of the following organizations in our community.