Retailer Carrefour has announced that for its Brazilian business, gestating sows cannot be kept in crates longer than 28 days. The announcement formed part of, in total, 5 measures to increase pig welfare in Brazil.
Carrefour, originally a French brand, is one of the largest retailers in Brazil. The new rules apply to Carrefour’s own brand of fresh products, which currently represent 74% of pork in its butcher shops.
Lucio Vicente, head of sustainability of Carrefour Brazil, said, “The concern with animal welfare is a global movement and we are leading this process in Brazil, with a focus on adapting our suppliers, always aiming good animal management practices.”
Other measures announced by Carrefour included:
Carrefour has also committed itself to carry out studies and tests with its suppliers to find a solution for the practice of cutting pig tails, preventing them from being mutilated. At the moment there is no consensus on the subject in the market.
To achieve these advances, throughout 2019, Carrefour conducted a process of engagement with suppliers, in order to work on a solid commitment in the pig chain. Vicente believes the company will act as a transformation driver along the value chain.
Having been in Brazil for over 40 years, Carrefour is present in all states and its operation already covers more than 670 shops. With sales of R$ 56.3 billion (€ 12.5 billion) in 2018 and more than 84,000 employees in Brazil, the country is the 2nd largest operation among all countries Carrefour Group operates.
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