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Pig Health & Disease / Pig Welfare
on June 1, 2012

McDonald's to phase out pig meat from gestation stalls

Company commits to 2022 deadline for suppliers

McDonald's has announced that by 2022 it will no longer by pig meat from any supplier that uses gestation stalls for pregnant sows, following up on its February announcement that its suppliers must begin to phase out the stalls' use.

Within five years, McDonald's will only buy pig meat from suppliers who have committed to phasing out sow stalls' use, and those suppliers will have another five years to make good on that commitment, according to the company. "We value our relationship with our suppliers and our shared commitment to animal welfare," said Dan Gorsky, senior vice president of McDonald's North America Supply Chain Management. "Our approach seeks to build on the work already in place, and we are also sensitive to the needs of the smaller, independent pork producers in phasing out of gestation stalls."

According to McDonald's, it purchases about 1 percent of the total pig meat produced in the U.S.

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