Kraft Foods recognizes that animal welfare is a societal concern, especially in the United States (U.S.) and European Union (EU) where we source most of our ingredients of animal origin.
We require our facilities and our direct suppliers' facilities in the U.S. and EU that manage live animals to meet industry standards and government regulations on animal welfare. These standards cover the handling, housing, transportation and slaughter relevant to each operation.
In the U.S., this includes species-appropriate standards developed by the following trade organizations:
- Beef and pork – American Meat Institute
- Egg laying hens – United Egg Producers
- Broiler chickens – National Chicken Council
- Turkey – National Turkey Federation
Suppliers in the U.S. must demonstrate compliance with the respective animal welfare standards by having audits conducted annually by a third party.
In the EU, our direct suppliers have to comply with the established animal welfare regulations, and those exporting to the EU are required to meet those standards as a legal condition of export to the EU.