Todd Trapani:

ISS Subscribes to European Chicken Commitment

Todd Trapani:
ISS UK has become a signatory to the European Chicken Commitment which calls for an end to hanging birds upside down and improves the efficiency of stunning prior to slaughter.

 

The move follows a commitment by the company last year to source cage free eggs by 2025 as part of a broader commitment to work more closely with suppliers to source ingredients and materials of agricultural, forestry, fishery and aquaculture origin in an ethical - as well as sustainable, manner.
 
 
As part of the Commitment, suppliers to ISS will be required to ensure 100 per cent of fresh, frozen and processed chicken in the facility support services provider's supply conforms to the following stipulations by 2026:

1) Compliance with all EU animal welfare laws and regulations, regardless of the country of production;

2) Implementation of a maximum stocking density of 30kg/m2 or less with thinning discouraged and, when implemented, restricted to one thin per flock of birds;

3)
 Adoption of breeds that demonstrate higher welfare outcomes: either the following breeds, Hubbard JA757, 787, 957, or 987, Rambler Ranger, Ranger Classic, and Ranger Gold, or others that meet the criteria of the United Kingdom's RSPCA Broiler Breed Welfare Assessment Protocol.

4) Meet improved environmental standards, including:

  • At least 50 lux of light, including natural light. 
  • At least two metres of usable perch space, and two pecking substrates, per 1,000 birds.
  • On air quality, the maximum requirements of Annex 2.3 of the EU broiler directive, regardless of stocking density
  • No cages or multi-tier systems.
     
5) Adopt controlled atmospheric stunning using inert gas or multi-phase systems, or effective electrical stunning without live inversion. 
 
6) Demonstrate compliance with the above standards via third-party auditing and annual public reporting on progress towards this commitment.
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