In case you missed it – Hillshire Brands is the latest company planning to eliminate stall use from its supply chain. The company owns Hillshire Farms, Ballpark, Jimmy Dean and State Fair meat brands. It has announced that it is engaged in discussions with its suppliers and the industry on alternatives to traditional gestational housing. They intend to have a solution in place by the end of 2022. The plan is to source all pork from suppliers using housing that provides animals the opportunity for adequate movement and comfort – while also ensuring their safety.
Mike Cummins – Director of Corporate Communications for Hillshire Brands – says the company takes concerns about the welfare of animals seriously. They have a comprehensive Animal Well-Being Program in place. Cummins says the company knows it shares a responsibility to ensure the meat it sells is safe and that it comes from animals raised in a humane way.
The action taken by Hillshire Brands was applauded by the Humane Society of the United States.