Animal Welfare Approved Becomes Only Program Focused on High-Welfare, Sustainable Farming Practices To Receive ISO Quality Assurance Standard.

Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) is now accredited by the International Standards Organization (ISO). This is the only program in the U.S. certified by ISO that audits and certifies sustainable family farms according to the highest welfare standards. This accreditation establishes that farmers, retailers and consumers can have complete confidence in the quality, consistency and transparency offered by the Animal Welfare Approved program.
 
ISO is the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards and ISO 65 is specifically designed to ensure that a certification body is operating in a consistent and reliable manner in all aspects of its work. AWA was audited by the International Organic Accreditation Service, the world’s leading independent sustainable food and farming accreditation service.
 
The ISO 65 certification positions AWA as an industry leader because it demonstrates that AWA’s standards for animal welfare, pasture-based farming, and sustainability are being delivered consistently and professionally across every farm and ranch in the program.
 
"We can always tell the public that we’re trustworthy when it comes to high-welfare, sustainable farming practices, but with all the misleading claims out there, it really helps to have this position confirmed by a third party through ISO 65," says AWA Program Director Andrew Gunther.
 
The accolade is the result of a year-long application process which culminated in a five-day intensive audit of randomly-selected certified farms and processes and procedures.