Anyone who supplies Nestlé with dairy, meat, poultry or eggs will have to meet the company’s new animal welfare guidelines. The company has signed an agreement with the non-governmental organization World Animal Protection to develop and implement the standards.
Nestlé has approximately 7,300 suppliers from whom it buys animal-derived products directly, including eggs for its fresh pastry and pasta meat for its chilled foods.
«We know that our consumers care about the welfare of farm animals and we, as a company, are committed to ensuring the highest possible levels of farm animal welfare across our global supply chain», said Benjamin Ware, the company’s manager of responsible sourcing.
The company also is working to ensure the pain felt by animals is minimized by employing veterinary practices that reduce pain.