Wendy's looking into animal welfare practices

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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DUBLIN, OHIO — In a statement on its web site, Wendy’s International, Inc. said it "agrees that the recent industry efforts to move away from single sow gestation crates is the right way to go, and we applaud their efforts."

Wendy’s said it will encourage its suppliers to develop a plan to use this practice and that progress will be monitored every year through routine welfare reviews.

Wendy’s also said it believes controlled atmosphere stunning is a developing new technology needing more research and the company will study and evaluate the practice.

While Wendy’s said it does not buy a significant quantity of eggs compared with total egg industry volume, it will study and evaluate the benefits of using cage free systems as the company expands its egg purchases.

The Humane Society of the United States, which is a shareholder in Wendy’s, said it would like to see the restaurant chain take specific steps to actually implement plans that take more aspects of animal welfare in consideration.

Burger King recently announced it has begun a purchasing preference for chicken meat from plants that don’t use controlled atmosphere stunning, and it is phasing in the use of cage-free eggs and pork from producers that don’t confine pigs in gestation crates.

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