Sysco to Eliminate Gestation Crates From its Supply System


HOUSTON — North America foodservice distributor Sysco is the latest foodservice company to make a commitment to eliminate pig gestation crates from its pork supply chain.

“Sysco takes its role as a responsible corporate citizen in the food-supply chain seriously. We use science-based standards for animal welfare and work diligently with our suppliers to ensure humane treatment of animals.

We also listen closely to our customers desires. Although there are many ways to house sows, several customers and suppliers have expressed their desire to eliminate gestation crates from their supply chains. Therefore, Sysco is committed to working with its suppliers to create a gestation crate-free supply system. We’re going to work with our pork suppliers to develop a timeline to achieve this goal,” reads a statement sent to The Humane Society of the United States.

In the last few months a number of the world’s largest food companies — including restaurant chains, grocery companies, foodservice providers and food manufacturers — have developed similar policies.

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