20 July 2012
Rumiano Cheese Company Certifications
American Humane Certified
As a sustainable and environmentally-friendly company, Rumiano Cheese is focused on producing a "green" and pure product. It just so happens, the organic milk used in the making of Rumiano Family Organic cheese is some of the most pure and wholesome available in the world. To ensure good and healthy milk, the dairies must ensure the health and happiness of their cows. The American Humane Certification (AHC) is the consumer's way of knowing the product was created with non-abusive and humane treatment of the animals. Rumiano Cheese proudly uses milk from organic dairies that are AHC.
The American Humane Association was created in 1877 as the forefront of protecting children, pets and farm animals from abuse and neglect. Using a list of "five freedoms" the AHC has standardized animal husbandry ethics throughout the farming and animal product industries. These guidelines for certifications must be adhered to by those maintaining the animals.
The "five freedoms" are as follows:
- Freedom from thirst and hunger
- Freedom from discomfort
- Freedom from pain, injury, or disease
- Freedom from fear and distress
- Freedom to express normal behaviors
Farmers and producers of animal goods must be devoted to these guidelines as there are yearly inspections that take place to ensure the standards are being followed. The American Humane Certification is implemented through "Humane Heartland," an "expanded farm animal welfare program" by the American Humane Association, and represents over 130 million farm animals. As the fastest growing humane certification program in the industry, we can only hope more industry leaders turn to the certification out of respect for their consumers, animals, and earth.
Rumiano Cheese Co. is proud to be a part of this fast growing organization and thank the dairies that have enthusiastically joined with love of their animals.