Raising animals for food in a humane way is, to our way of thinking, the only way it should be done. Mistreating animals is wrong and our focus must go beyond whether food is safe, wholesome, sustainable and affordable, all of which must also be taken into account.
We closely follow the work of academic scientists studying animal behavior, and have taken that information and talked with our supplier partners to consider whether standards are high enough. Many of our suppliers have relied on the advice of Temple Grandin, grandin.com and other experts like her. As there is better science, we better understand how animals respond to their environment.
Wegmans works with only a few supplier-partners for its own brand of meat, poultry and eggs. In every case, we investigate their operations from beginning to end, before we choose them. We personally visit their facilities and evaluate them with our own eyes. Once chosen, Wegmans brand suppliers must conduct periodic welfare audits. These third-party audits include objective, measurable criteria that are based on best practices developed by recognized animal welfare experts. Audit results are provided to Wegmans and we review them. And when science teaches us something new, we encourage our suppliers and the industry to follow.
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