BURLINGTON, ON – August 27, 2020 – Beginning August 24, 2020, Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) has resumed conducting on-farm audits, adhering to a priority-sequenced, staged approach. This follows the original postponement of on-farm audits that began on March 23, 2020 – a measure that limited in-person interactions and followed the governments’ Phase I COVID-19 physical distancing requirements.
The resumption of on-farm audits on August 24 is in alignment with the provincial government and local health authorities’ guidelines, as all regions in Ontario have now moved into Phase II, Stage III of the province’s plan to re-open the economy.
“CFO is pleased to be able to be back on-farm, although we are taking a very careful and conservative approach in order to protect the health and safety of our farmer-members, their families, and our CFO Farming Operations Representatives,” said Ed Benjamins, Chair, CFO. “The wellbeing of our farming families and our staff remains a top priority.”
“Our quality chicken auditing programs are an essential element in providing a reliable supply of safe, healthy, high quality chicken to Ontarians,” said Rob Dougans, President & CEO, CFO. “Supply management enables us to be increasingly agile and affords us the ability to quickly execute important protocols and increased safety measures for our farmers, and our team.”
“Our auditors are following extensive heightened biosecurity and safety protocols for all on-farm visits to protect the health and safety of everyone involved,” said Renée Bronkhorst, Manager, Farming Operations, CFO. “From wearing biosecurity gear at all times and following strict physical distancing protocols while visiting a farm, to completing daily COVID-19 self-assessment questionnaires, our team is exercising extreme caution and care leading up to, and during, every farm visit.”
to read the original announcement on March 23, 2020, regarding the postponement of on-farm audits.
to read a comprehensive list of COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the reinstatement of on-farm audits.