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Is SUBWAY Softening Antibiotic Statement?

first_img SHARE Previous articleIndiana Will Fight Obama Clean Power PlanNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank For instance:Our suppliers ensure legal compliance on animal welfare standards is maintained at all times and quality assurance schemes are supported. For example, in Europe, we are working closely with our meat suppliers to ensure that in the long term, they source from farms which adhere to the national farm assurance schemes applicable to each species to ensure the health and welfare of animals throughout our supply chain. Examples of these schemes are: Red Tractor in the UK, Bord Bia in Ireland, IKB in the Netherlands and GlobalGap.We support humane animal husbandry and slaughtering methods. For example, in the U.S., along with a comprehensive animal care program, some of our poultry suppliers now use a euthanasia system that the Humane Society of the United States had cited as a better alternative to conventional slaughter methods used in the poultry industry. In the U.S., our meat suppliers are audited by PAACO (Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization) certified auditors to ensure they meet animal welfare standards.We support various layer hen housing approaches. In Europe, we use only free range eggs in our breakfast omelette and since 2014, 100% of eggs used as ingredients in SUBWAY® branded products are free range as well. We were the proud recipients of a Compassion In World Farming Good Egg Award in Europe for our commitment to using only free range egg in our products. In addition, Australia transitioned to eggs from cage free hens in 2014. Due to the limited supply, at present, 10% of the eggs served in the U.S. and 6% in Canada are from cage free hens. Each year, for the next three years, U.S restaurants will receive an additional 1% of eggs from cage free hens. We will continue to increase our percentage of eggs from cage free hens with the availability of cost effective supply, as well as monitor layer hen housing research for future best practice solutions.We support the elimination of crate style housing for gestation sows and the system has been phased out in our pork suppliers in Europe. Also, our pork suppliers in the U.S. have made progress transitioning group housing and anticipate having this process completed within the next 10 years. We will continue to work with suppliers who share our commitment to phasing out gestation stalls as quickly as possible, putting traceability systems in place and using the best animal welfare and handling practices.Our milk supplier in the U.S. has high quality standards and measures in place to ensure optimal animal care, including participation and adherence to the principals and guidelines set forth by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and The National Dairy Farm Program: Farmers Assuring Responsible Management. In addition, the cows are never treated with the supplemental growth hormone, rBST.Any meat, dairy, poultry, fish or egg derived from a cloned animal, including subsequent generations, must not be used in SUBWAY® branded products.Mutilations of animals must be avoided. Where specific operations are required such as castration or tail docking, these procedures must be carried out in a way that ensures no pain or distress are caused to the animals.Our goal is to reduce and eliminate the use of antibiotics in the food we serve. Elimination of antibiotics use in our supply chain will take time, but we are working diligently with our suppliers to find quality solutions that also ensure our high quality and food safety standards are upheld and not compromised in any way. Our plan is to eliminate the use of antibiotics in phases with the initial focus on the poultry products that we serve in the U.S. We are in the process of transitioning to chicken products made from chicken raised without antibiotics and expect this transition to be completed by the end of 2016. In addition, turkey products made from turkey raised without antibiotics will be introduced in 2016. The transition is expected to take 2-3 years. Supply of pork and beef products from animals raised without antibiotics in the U.S. is extremely limited. We expect our transition to take place by 2025. That said, we recognize that antibiotics are critical tools for keeping animals healthy and that they should be used responsibly to preserve their effectiveness in veterinary and human medicine. Our policy is that antibiotics can be used to treat, control and prevent disease, but not for growth promotion of farm animals. Accordingly, we are asking our suppliers to do the following: Subway on antibiotic freeThe headline at the company website last week read SUBWAY® Restaurants Elevates Current Antibiotic-Free Policy-U.S. Restaurants Will Only Serve Animal Proteins That Have Never Been Treated with Antibiotics. That announcement generated huge online reaction and by Friday SUBWAY appeared to ease its stance, but not before Thomas Titus, an Illinois swine and crop farmer expressed his concerns.“As a potential supplier for SUBWAY they’re going to begin to be looking for product that’s been produced completely without antibiotics in the next 10 years. What that means for us potentially is possibly not being able to use antibiotics and not being able to treat animals whenever they’re ill. That in my opinion is inhumane. By being able to allow an animal to suffer and not be able to treat them, just like my own children and when my daughter is sick, sometimes we go to the doctor and sometimes that might mean using an antibiotic. The key thing for us is that medicine has the right amount at the right time.”Dr. Jennifer Koeman, Director of Producer and Public Health at the National Pork Board says they did not see Subway’s announcement coming.“We have a dedicated channel marketing team that has worked with SUBWAY in the past and has had conversations. This came as a surprise to us. We were not aware of this based on our previous conversations with them. This is disappointing and certainly our team is working to be in communication to explain what this would mean to pork production for all of our pork producers.”But on the same day Titus and Koeman spoke during a U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance conference call, the company added more language on antibiotic use. The website now says that while attempting to make the transition by 2025 they “recognize that antibiotics are critical tools for keeping animals healthy and that they should be used responsibly to preserve their effectiveness in veterinary and human medicine. Our policy is that antibiotics can be used to treat, control and prevent disease, but not for growth promotion of farm animals.” SUBWAY goes on to ask suppliers to follow 5 guidelines, including adhering to certain FDA guidance and “legal requirements governing antibiotic withdrawal times.”From SUBWAY website on sustainable sourcing: By Andy Eubank – Oct 25, 2015 We are committed to continuing to work with our vendors to improve the animal welfare practices used in our supply chain and give purchasing preference to suppliers with a demonstrated commitment to these values. Is SUBWAY Softening Antibiotic Statement? Adopt, implement and comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA’s”) guidance for industry 209 and 213, which requires that medically important antibiotics not be used for growth promotion. Visit the FDA site to learn more.Assure that all antibiotics use is overseen, pre-approved and authorized by a licensed veterinarian before they are administered to any animal.Keep accurate and complete records to track use of all antibiotics.Adhere at all times to all legal requirements governing antibiotic withdrawal times. This assures that antibiotics have been eliminated from the animals’ systems at the time of slaughter.Actively encourage, support and participate in research efforts focused on improving animal health while reducing antibiotics use. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Is SUBWAY Softening Antibiotic Statement? Animal WelfareWe are committed to providing our customers with safe, affordable, and sustainable food. We believe that safe food comes from healthy animals that are well cared for. We support the highest standards of animal welfare practices available as well as the advancements that come from continued scientific research. We fully support our suppliers’ commitment to animal well-being and their practice of the best animal welfare programs based on scientific research and the recommendations of animal welfare experts in the industry.We support the Five Freedoms principle proposed by the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) on the protection of animals kept for farming purposes. The five freedoms are:Freedom from hungerFreedom from discomfortFreedom from pain, injury and diseaseFreedom to express normal behaviorsFreedom from fear and distresslast_img read more


Government orders state sector to withdraw advertising from Standard Group media

first_imgNews Follow the news on Kenya News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent KenyaAfrica Reporters Without Borders today condemned a government decision to withhold state advertising from the Standard Group media, which include The Standard daily newspaper and Kenya Television Network (KTN). “The culmination of a war of words in which the police and courts have at times been enlisted, this decision is absurd and dangerous,” the press freedom organisation said. “A state advertising boycott is not just a low blow, it is also unacceptable inasmuch as public funds should not be used for political or personal advantage. This boycott is just aggravating the climate of tension between the government and the Standard Group and will fuel mistrust.”Several Kenyan and foreign media reported that the public services ministry circulated an e-mail message at the start of this month instructing public sector groups to cancel any advertising they were placing with The Standard or KTN, or to redirect it to other media that were more favourable to government policy.The move came after a year of tension between President Mwai Kibaki’s government and the Standard Group. After the e-mail message’s content was revealed, the security minister said The Standard had “declared a war” against him.The Standard recently published a report claiming that a government minister had approached Armenian organised crime members with a view to having former President Daniel arap Moi’s son murdered. After the article appeared, managing director Chaacha Mwita, Standard Group deputy chairman Paul Melly, operations director Paul Wanyagah and editorial director Kwendo Opanga were interrogated for seven hours on 17 April without being able to consult with their lawyers.Just over a year ago, the police carried out simultaneous raids on the headquarters of KTN and The Standard’s printers in Nairobi’s industrial area at around 1 a.m. on 2 March 2006. Armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles, the police attacked guards at KTN and damaged equipment, causing a panic in the studios and forcing the station to suspend broadcasting until the afternoon of the next day. The police also seized the copies of that day’s issue of The Standard and burned them. April 6, 2020 Find out more Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more April 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government orders state sector to withdraw advertising from Standard Group media Reportscenter_img News Help by sharing this information KenyaAfrica to go further RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa June 13, 2019 Find out more Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activists Receive email alertslast_img read more


Former boss plans for Bale

first_imgMartin Jol always knew Gareth Bale was a star in the making but on Sunday the Fulham boss has to find a way of stopping Tottenham’s Welsh wizard. Press Association He added: “With hindsight it’s very satisfying, he’s probably the best player in the Premier League at the moment and he shows it week in, week out. I played him in his first match against Manchester United and he had better stats than any other player, and he was 17. “Hopefully for the league and for Spurs he will stay because I think it’s a very good club for him. He’s getting stronger and stronger and playing in the hole he is probably even better. I wanted to get him on loan in Germany and other clubs were trying to get him but they did well to keep him, during that spell where he played 24 games without being on the winning side. “But they knew and I knew he was an exciting player. If you see Spurs over the last couple of years they are getting better and better so for him to stay, why not? It’s a big club with a big fanbase and he could be a legend there. If he decides to go on to bigger things abroad it can be a risk. It comes off sometimes but not always. “But whatever he decides to do he will have a big future. Hopefully he stays in the league and I can keep enjoying watching him.” Fulham will have not played in over a fortnight when they head to the Lane, while Spurs put in 120 minutes at the San Siro on Thursday night as they squeezed past Inter Milan in the Europa League. But Jol added: “There were a few players who didn’t play and they have a big squad. If they can rest five or six players like they did then there’s no problem. Aaron Lennon has been injured and he came on and had a few minutes, so that’s a positive for them. “For us it’s annoying, we only have two games this month. Spurs have played all these games but it’s probably better to keep your rhythm.” center_img Jol was Spurs manager when he plucked Bale from Southampton in 2007 and gave the then 17-year-old left-back his Barclays Premier League debut. Bale has gone on to become the hottest property in English football, and a return of 11 goals in his last 10 games has seen him linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona. But Jol, who also tried to sign Bale after moving on to Hamburg, wants the free-scoring 23-year-old to stick with Spurs and become a White Hart Lane legend. Jol said: “I saw Bale at Southampton when he was 15, we followed him and other people came in but I had a few words with his mum to convince him to come to Spurs.” last_img read more