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on February 29, 2012

McDonald's requires pig meat suppliers to phase out gestation stalls

McDonald's is requiring its U.S. pig meat suppliers to provide plans for the phasing out of sow gestation stalls, saying that the company does not believe that gestation stalls are a sustainable production system for the future and that there are better alternatives for sow welfare.

“McDonald’s wants to see the end of sow confinement in gestation stalls in our supply chain," said Dan Gorsky, senior vice president of McDonald’s North America Supply Chain Management. "We are beginning an assessment with our U.S. suppliers to determine how to build on the work already underway to reach that goal. In May, after receiving our suppliers’ plans, we’ll share results from the assessment and our next steps.”

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