The Campbell Soup Company, which includes Pepperidge Farms, is now on the list of companies that want their pork suppliers to end the use of gestation-sow stalls.
Company officials stated “As we continue to advance our work with suppliers in responsible sourcing, Campbell is developing plans to eliminate gestation crates from its pork supply chain. With our supplier’s engagement, we intend to reach that goal no later than 2022, although we are working toward progress by 2017.”
Campbell’s cited those timelines as already set by some pork suppliers to transition to group-sow housing. The company indicated that it will favor suppliers whose pork can be traced back to gestation-stall-free systems. Officials also said they will prioritize suppliers that can provide audit and tracking reports to confirm that their pork comes from non-stall systems.
“With Campbell Soup and so many other major food companies all moving in synch toward a gestation crate-free future, we hope pork industry leaders will finally begin developing strategies to help farmers make the transition in a timely and cost-efficient way,” Matthew Prescott, food policy director for the Humane Society of the United States, told Pork Network.
Campbell went on to emphasize that “not only is animal welfare a key part of our vision for a sustainable supply chain it is integral to our Supplier Code of Conduct. Campbell suppliers are required to implement humane procedures to prevent the mistreatment of animals at all times, including how they are raised, cared for, transported, and processed.”
On Tuesday Aramark foodservice provider set a 2017 deadline to eliminate gestation-sow stalls from its supply chain.