McDonald’s has announced a ten-year plan to work with pork suppliers to phase out of the use of gestation stalls in its U.S. pork supply.
The fast food giant says its plan is to source all pork for its U.S. business from producers that do not house pregnant sows in gestation stalls by the end of 2022.
As an interim step, by 2017, McDonald’s says it will only buy pork from producers who “share (our) commitment to phase out gestation stalls.” The company says it will work with producers and suppliers to develop needed traceability systems that will verify pork sourced from non-gestation stall supply chains.
The president of the National Pork Board, Everett Forkner of Richards, Missouri, says he is disappointed in McDonald’s announcement.
Forkner says McDonald’s decision could put significant pressure on smaller farmers who use gestation stalls to care for their animals and could force many of them to leave the business.
The Humane Society of the United States applauded McDonald’s announcement, but said it would have preferred a shorter time frame for the phase-out.