Opaa! Food Management endorses animal welfare and the humane treatment of livestock. Opaa! Food Management does not own, raise, transport or process animals. We do, however, seek to work with suppliers who are leaders in their industries with regard to animal welfare and that follow strict animal welfare policies.

Opaa! Food Management works with suppliers who focus on responsible practices in the supply chain by:

  • Working with dairy manufacturers who have eliminated artificial rBST from milk and yogurt products.

  • Working with poultry suppliers who have committed to the humane treatment of livestock at farms and processing facilities.

  • Calling on producers, processors and suppliers to implement additional humane conditions for the treatment of broiler chickens. This includes asking our supply chain to take the following actions by 2024, or sooner if possible:

    • Transition to strains of birds approved by Global Animal Partnership (GAP) based on measurably improved welfare outcomes.
    • Reduce maximum stocking density to equal to or less than 6 lbs./sq. ft.
    • Providing chickens with enriched environments including litter, lighting, and enrichment.
    • Render chickens unconscious prior to shackling using controlled atmosphere processing system.
    • Submit to third party verification of these practices.
  • Working with poultry suppliers who use eggs produced in housing systems that provide healthy and humane conditions for laying hens.  All of our suppliers are members of the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply (CSES).  CSES is a multi-stakeholder group comprised of leading animal welfare scientists, academic institutions, non-government organizations, egg suppliers, and restaurant/foodservice and food retail companies.  In partnership with these suppliers, Opaa!’s cage-free egg commitment includes all company purchases of liquid, pre-cracked eggs in the U.S. by 2020, or sooner if supplies become available.

  • Working with beef suppliers who use beef originated from U.S. produced livestock and who use cattle humanely handled in accordance with all applicable USDA regulations.

  • Working with pork suppliers who have committed to phase out gestation stalls.