KEARNEY, Mo. – The Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) was started to create standardization and accreditation with regard to animal welfare auditing.

According to PAACO’s mission statement, “PAACO’s vision is to be the authority on animal welfare auditing by providing high quality training and certification credentials for auditors and audits. Animal welfare issues affect multiple segments of our animal and food industry, and they all must support the comprehensive animal care areas we serve.”

PAACO trained auditors serve the swine, dairy, poultry, beef cattle and feedlot industries.

In this week’s podcast, PAACO Executive Director Collette Kaster explains the history of PAACO, its purpose and how the organization is working to make the meat industry better.

In addition to her work as executive director of PAACO, in 2019, Kaster took on an additional role as the CEO of American Meat Science Association. Find out more about this new role as well as her many experiences as a part of the meat industry for more than 30 years in the April issue of MEAT+POULTRY.

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