Metz Culinary Management Eliminating Controversial Pig Cages from its Pork Supply Chain
Leading food service company will have gestation crate-free pork supply by 2017.
Dallas, Pa. (November 7, 2012) – Metz Culinary Management, a provider of dining management services named one of the Top 20 Management Companies in the U.S. by Food Management Magazine, is working with its pork suppliers to eliminate gestation crates by 2017.
“Confining pigs in gestation crates is out of step with our belief that all animals, including animals raised for food, deserve a decent life,” said Craig Phillips, Vice President of Purchasing at Metz Culinary Management. “We urge the pork industry to follow our lead and create a timeline to eliminate gestation crates everywhere.”
By 2017, or sooner if products become readily available, Metz Culinary Management will purchase pork products only from suppliers that do not use gestation crates for its more than 100 dining management partners, including; hospitals, assisted living and long-term care facilities, independent schools, colleges, universities, and corporate offices.
Nine U.S. states have already passed laws to ban the use of gestation crates from pork supply chain practices. Currently, Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey have bills pending that would also put an end to pig confinement. Pork providers like Smithfield and Hormel have also pledged to end the use of gestation crates at their company by 2017.
“We’re heartened by Metz’s announcement and appreciate the company’s leadership in their efforts to create a more humane world,” said Josh Balk, Director of Corporate Policy of The Humane Society of the United States. “Metz is taking a step in the right direction by eliminating gestation and improving the quality of their pork supply.”
According to The Humane Society, most breeding pigs in the U.S. are confined in gestation crates for virtually their entire lives. For several years, they’re confined to crates that nearly immobilize them, enduring a cycle of repeated impregnation. These individual cages are approximately 2 feet wide—so small the animals cannot turn around or take more than a step forward or backward. Due to the duration and severity of their confinement, these pigs’ suffering is among the worst of all factory-farmed animals.
About Metz Culinary Management
Metz Culinary Management provides dining and environmental management services for clients in a variety of settings, including hospitals, public and independent schools, colleges, long-term care facilities, corporate offices and manufacturing facilities. Metz is a family-driven company that collaborates with its clients to deliver restaurant-inspired hospitality to each and every guest. In 2011, Food Management Magazine named Metz one of the Top 20 Management Companies in the U.S. and one of the Top 5 Firms to Watch. For more information on Metz Culinary Management, visit www.metzculinary.com.