Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Campbell Soup insists on animal welfare

Campbell Soup says its suppliers will need to meet a list of animal welfare standards to retain its business after 2024.

However, the list applies to broiler chickens and not to spent fowl where animal welfare concerns are more pronounced.

The upcoming Campbell Soup standards are:

n Transitioning to strains of birds approved by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) or the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) that are scientifically recognized as having higher welfare outcomes;

-- Providing more space for chickens by reducing stocking density to a maximum of six pounds per square foot;

-- Offering improved environments including litter, lighting and enrichment that meet GAP’s new standards;

-- Processing chickens in a manner that avoids pre-stun handling and instead uses multi-step controlled atmospheric stunning; and

-- Using third party auditing to ensure compliance.