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Revision of Better Life criteria for secundary participants
The Better Life Label Foundation (BLLF) is revising its criteria for secundary participants.
This means we have made a number of adjustments:
- Modular structure of the criteria with less overlapping criteria for different company types;
- No additional lists with supplementary decisions and interpretations;
- Better alignment with the ISO standards for quality systems;
- Sanctions in accordance with international standards.
The Modular structure also makes it possible to request one overview with all the criteria that have to be met, in case a business has several company types.
The revised criteria have entered into force at 1 september 2023. Click here to view the revised criteria.
Participant self-evaluation checklist
Below you will find a checklist designed for businesses interested in participating in the Better Life label. The purpose of the checklist is to provide a quick overview of your progress in achieving Better Life label certification for your business. However, please be aware that this is an abridged version of the entire list of criteria. It is crucial to fulfill all criteria relevant to your company type. As a participant, you are responsible for ensuring compliance with the entire list of Better Life label criteria for your specific company type.
This checklist incorporates the updated criteria that have taken effect on 1 September, 2023. You can access the updated criteria here.
Supplementary decisions and interpretations
Following the conclusive formal adoption of these criteria, the supplementary decisions and interpretations below have been drafted in conjunction with the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals. These decisions/interpretations have not yet been formally adopted and, in the event of exceptional circumstances, are subject to change before being included in the established BLL criteria. In anticipation thereof, certification will be carried out on the basis of these supplementary decisions and interpretations.
- There are no supplementary decisions and interpretations for BLL abattoir rabbits
Declaration of stunned slaughter
All abattoirs wishing to slaughter Better Life label animals must sign and enclose a declaration of stunned slaughter with their application.
In some cases, as well as applying for company type ‘abattoir’, it will also be necessary to apply for company type ‘processor’. This is only necessary when poultry, turkeys or rabbits are cut, when beef cows are cut further than into quarters and pigs are cut further into halves.