December 3, 2014
Eurest Announces Industry-Leading Commitment to Improve Animal Welfare in its Supply Chain
Leading food service company commits to eliminating gestation crates and battery cages in its supply chain
Eurest, a leading food service provider in Mexico, announced an industry leading commitment to improve animal welfare standards in its Mexican supply chain. Humane Society International praised the move. The company, a member of Compass Group, the world’s leading food service company, has committed to eliminating gestation crates and battery cages in its pork and egg supply chain in Mexico by 2017.
Miguel Ángel Espinosa, director of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality for Compass Group/Eurest Mexico, said: “At Eurest, we take our role as leaders in corporate social responsibility seriously, which includes responsible sourcing, improved sustainability and animal welfare in our supply chain. We support the elimination of gestation crates and battery cages. Confining animals in cages is not sustainable, and transitioning to higher welfare cage-free systems is the right thing to do.”
Elissa Lane, deputy director of HSI Farm Animals, said: “HSI praises Eurest for this leadership move and for taking its customers’ concerns about animal welfare seriously by adopting a gestation crate-free and battery cage-free purchasing policy. This commitment by Eurest will improve the lives of countless animals and sends a clear message to the pork and egg industries in Mexico and the rest of Latin America that cage-free housing systems are the way forward.”
In Mexico, breeding sows are often confined for their whole lives in gestation crates, individual cages barely larger than the animals’ bodies, where they cannot even turn around. Tens of millions of egg-laying hens in the country also spend their whole lives confined to wire battery cages, so small that they cannot even fully stretch their wings.
Laws and policies banning these confinement practices already exist in different parts of the world, including throughout the European Union and various states in the United States. Eurest’s announcement follows a similar announcement made by Compass Group to also eliminate gestation crates and battery cages from its U.S. supply chain by 2017. Major pork producers- including Smithfield Foods (co-owner of Granjas Carroll de México), Cargill, BRF and Hormel- have committed to eliminating gestation crates from their production practices.
“Eurest is pleased to see that a number of our suppliers are already transitioning to cage-free housing systems. We buy from high quality suppliers and we will work with them to meet our 2017 deadline,” said Espinosa.