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Compass Group commits to eliminating gestation crates for pigs in its supply chain

The new policy also includes protections for chickens raised for meat and a commitment to exclusively use eggs from hens that are not confined to cages.
Pigs on a farm
Supply chain challenges have caused delays in Compass Group's commitments. / Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Compass group has recently released a new animal welfare policy. The food management company said it will transition to end gestation crates in its US supply chain by the summer of 2023.

The new policy also includes protections for chickens raised for meat and a commitment to exclusively use eggs from hens that are not confined to cages.

According to a report published by Compass Group,  currently, 82% of shell eggs used and 85% of liquid eggs used are cage free. The company said the deviation from the commitment to 100% cage free eggs is due to supply chain disruptions and they anticipate reaching their commitment by Q1 2023.

Compass Group has also recently made a commitment to exclusively source chicken meat from operations that meet the Better Chicken Commitment standards. Compass Group said it is developing a “roadmap on all aspects of the standard” which will be released in 2023. The company is also a part of the Compassion in World Farming’s “Working Group for Broilers,” to create industry wide actions on the issue. Compass Group said it will provide an update on the initiative in Q1 of 2023.

“Our commitment to improving animal welfare continues to be a core part of our sourcing strategy and our policies and commitments extend to all sectors within the Compass Group family,” the company said in a statement.  

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