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What is Kellogg's commitment to animal welfare?

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At Kellogg, we are passionate about enriching and delighting the world through foods and brands that matter. That means we’re committed to acting responsibly across our entire business – working with partners who share our values, like those of our consumers, and who are able to deliver high quality and responsibly sourced ingredients. This includes a strong focus on animal welfare.

Even though we are a grains-based company and we use very few animal products in our foods, we embrace the important role we play in influencing responsible behavior throughout our supply chain. We also know that our consumers care deeply about the humane treatment of animals.

We’ve already made significant progress on animal welfare. For example, we are working with our global palm oil suppliers to source fully traceable palm oil to known and certified sources that are considered environmentally appropriate with protection of habitats, socially beneficial and economically viable. All of our direct palm oil is certified sustainable with a combination of Segregated, Mass Balance and GreenPalm sources.  In addition, with our MorningStar Farms® products, we’ve already reduced our use of eggs from caged hens by 20 million eggs since 2007, and we’ve committed to switch one million more cage-free eggs for the brand by 2016.

We’re taking our commitment further by announcing plans in the U.S. to source 100 percent cage-free eggs and eliminate gestation stalls from our pork supply by the end of 2025. In addition, we will consider the “Five Freedoms” of animal welfare, an internationally recognized set of humane treatment principles, as part of our process to continuously improve our supply chain. Here are the details:

Sourcing 100% Cage-Free Eggs by the End of 2025
We use eggs in some of our foods, such as our Eggo® frozen breakfast foods and MorningStar Farms® frozen veggie foods brands. We continue to focus our efforts on sourcing eggs from suppliers utilizing enriched colony hen housing and cage-free options that measure impacts on animal welfare, food safety, worker and employee welfare, and the environment. To enhance this work, we will phase in 100 percent cage-free eggs in our U.S. operations by 2025. As the industry works to rebuild its supply chain from the recent Avian Influenza outbreak, we will work with our suppliers to update our journey and timeline.

Eliminating Gestation Stalls in Pork Production by the End of 2025
We purchase a very small amount of pork for some of our frozen breakfast sandwiches. We are committed to working with our pork suppliers to phase out the practice of housing pregnant sows in gestation stalls by the end of 2025. We understand that the development of alternative housing methods takes time, and we are committed to having productive conversations with our suppliers to establish the appropriate path forward.

Considering the Five Freedoms as Part of the Continuous Improvement of our Supply Chain
We agree with the aim of the internationally recognized Five Freedoms, as defined by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and will consider them as part of our process of assessing changes in our ingredients supply chain:

  • Freedom from hunger, thirst and malnutrition;
  • Freedom from fear and distress;
  • Freedom from physical and thermal discomfort;
  • Freedom from pain, injury and disease; and
  • Freedom to express normal patterns of behavior.

We’re committed to continuously working with our suppliers to ensure their animals are properly cared for throughout their lives and we will regularly report on our progress.