With activist groups pushing hard for restaurants, retailers and foodservice companies to adopt policies requiring the use of “slower growing” chicken breeds and new welfare standards for raising and stunning broilers, broiler chicken welfare will be up for discussion at the 2017 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit. The 2017 Summit, themed “Connect to Protect Animal Ag” will be held May 3 and 4 in Kansas City, Missouri.
On a panel titled “Latest Target for NGOs: Broiler Welfare & Sustainability,” a group of expert speakers will offer perspectives on animal welfare in the broiler industry and meeting consumer demand while balancing environmental and economic sustainability.
Mike Morris is the manager of Food Animal Programs for Yum! Brands. He has been employed with Yum for 11 years and provides technical guidance for global suppliers of beef, dairy, poultry and pork for Yum Brands including KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. Morris’ responsibilities include oversight for global quality assurance, food safety, animal welfare and animal production programs.
Ken Opengart, DVM, Ph.D., is the vice president of Live Operations/Processing and Corporate Social Responsibility for Keystone Foods. Opengart has been employed by Keystone Foods for 13 years and during that time his responsibilities have included overseeing live operations, health and nutrition, animal welfare, biosecurity, pre-harvest food safety, sustainability and grain risk management programs.
“Broiler welfare is certainly a hot topic this year, with several activist groups indicating current or future plans to launch pressure campaigns targeting consumer-facing brands,” said Kay Johnson Smith, Alliance president and CEO. “This panel will help our attendees to understand the current situation facing the broiler industry. It will also help arm our restaurant, retail and foodservice partners with truthful information about broiler production, welfare and stunning so that they have the necessary resources to navigate demands from activists, to address sustainability and animal welfare, and to meet the needs of their customers.”
Be sure to check the Alliance website for the most up-to-date Summit information. You can also follow the hashtag #AAA17 and #ActionPlease2017 for periodic updates about the event. For general questions about the Summit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-562-5160.