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Ikea latest retailer to announce chicken welfare standards

Ikea has introduced a “Better Chicken Programme” aimed at improving animal welfare in the supply chains for its in-store cafes.

Measures include space requirements for chickens and limitations on antibiotic use. Compassion in World Farming has expressed concern that the measures are not as strong as previous commitments.

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See also the FCRN’s discussion papers Animal efficiencies, animal welfare: either/or, or both/and? and Breeding for productivity and breeding for welfare: what is the relationship? Other relevant information from FCRN can be found by searching the research library with the keyword ‘animal welfare’. Our Foodsource website includes a building block on animal welfare and relevant information in the chapter on livestock.

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