McDonalds Moves to Modernize Pork Supply Chain
“McDonald’s believes gestation stalls are not a sustainable production system for the future. There are alternatives that we think are better for the welfare of sows,” said Dan Gorsky, senior vice president of McDonald’s North America Supply Chain Management. “McDonald’s wants to see the end of sow confinement in gestation stalls in our supply chain. We are beginning an assessment with our U.S. suppliers to determine how to build on the work already underway to reach that goal. In May, after receiving our suppliers’ plans, we’ll share results from the assessment and our next steps.”
The move is also supported by animal behaviorist Temple Grandin. McDonalds also mentioned that several pork producers including Smithfield and Cargill have made “significant progress” in the modernization of their production facilities.