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October 26, 2016

Sushi Itto announces shift to cage-free supply chain for eggs and pork

Leading Asian cuisine restaurant company to improve animal welfare in supply chain

Humane Society International, Sushi Itto

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As part of its ongoing commitment to improve sustainability in its supply chain, Sushi Itto, the leading Asian cuisine restaurant company in Mexico, has committed, through its supplier Nova Foods, to switching to an exclusively cage-free egg and gestation crate-free pork supply chain. Nova Foods has announced that it will work together with Humane Society International, one of the largest animal protection organizations in the world, to complete the transition by 2022.

Ernesto Nuñez Hernández, purchasing manager for Sushi Itto, stated: “We’re proud to join the global cage-free egg and gestation crate-free pork movement. Switching to a cage-free supply chain reflects our values as a socially responsible company, and allows us to meet our clients’ demands for more sustainable and higher animal welfare products. We source from the highest quality suppliers, and we will work with them to meet our goal. We look forward to working with Humane Society International to continue improving animal welfare in our supply chain.”

Sabina Garcia, corporate policy and project manager for HSI Farm Animals in Mexico, stated: “We congratulate Sushi Itto and Nova Foods for joining the cage-free movement in Mexico and for taking its customer’s concerns about the way animals are treated seriously. Animal welfare has become one of the most important corporate social responsibility issues in Mexico and we look forward to working with other companies on similar policies.”

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In Mexico, egg-laying hens are frequently confined for their entire lives in wire battery cages, so small that they cannot even fully stretch their wings. Breeding sows are also confined in gestation crates, where they cannot even turn around or take more than a couple of steps forwards or backwards. More than 200 companies have adopted cage-free policies in the United States, and a growing number of companies in Mexico are joining this global trend.

Media contacts:

HSI:
Mexico: Laura Bravo, 5554561476, laurabravocom@gmail.com
U.S.: Raúl Arce-Contreras,  +1 301-721-6440, rcontreras@humanesociety.org
 
Nova Foods:
Ernesto Nuñez Hernández (México), 5554829940, enunez@alimentaria.com.mx

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