Gordon Food Service believes in the humane treatment of animals. As a responsible foodservice distributor, we require that our suppliers comply with all applicable laws and regulations of the countries, states, and localities in which they operate. We expect our suppliers to use humane procedures and sound animal husbandry practices to prevent the mistreatment of animals. We expect our suppliers to adhere to published industry standards and regulatory requirements within their respective processing or manufacturing areas. We encourage our suppliers to maintain environments that are consistent with the universally recognized five freedoms of animal welfare as developed by the Farm Animal Welfare Committee of the UK.
Gordon Food Service requires the following from our live animal processing suppliers:
In addition to these requirements, Gordon Food Service expects our suppliers to continuously improve their processes to benefit the well-being of animals, which could include but are not limited to:
We expect all our suppliers to ensure humane handling during transportation and minimize animal transport times in line with local animal transportation regulations, industry best practices and expert animal welfare guidance. This applies to all species of animals.
We recognize that best practices for animal husbandry continue to evolve. We monitor and review science-based research on animal welfare practices, tour farms and processing facilities and engage in dialogue with our suppliers about procedures, standards and best practices throughout the supply chain. We will continue to work with our supplier community to evaluate emerging topics and will update our animal well-being commitments accordingly.
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