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Food Industry Animal Welfare Policies

Mention of commercial enterprises or brand names does not constitute endorsement or imply preference by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

 

Provides links to the McDonald's Animal Welfare Guiding Principles and program of standards and audit procedures for their producers.

 

Information on farm animal and meat quality standards as well as species-specific Animal Compassionate Standards required of producers who supply Whole Foods Markets.

 

Details about animal welfare policies at Harris Teeter, including information on controlled-atmosphere killing (CAK), controlled-atmosphere stunning (CAS), gestation crates, and cage-free eggs.

 

Links to guiding principles for the humane treatment of animals set forth by Yum! Brands and to the KFC Poultry Welfare Guidelines.

 

Products with the Heritage Foods label have a sticker that contains a traceability number so that consumers can find where the food was produced. Farmers participating in the program meet humane standards through either the Certified Humane or the Animal Welfare Approved programs.