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JBS Commits to Cage-free Eggs

31 August 2017

BRAZIL - JBS has committed to purchasing commercial eggs used as ingredients in its products only from farms where chickens are bred without cages.

By 2020, JBS products will no longer use eggs produced by caged birds, underlining the extent to which JBS believes it is important to implement Animal Welfare practices throughout its production processes in order to support business sustainability.

JBS has specialist teams to manage Animal Welfare, working with each type of protein and using techniques that are constantly being improved based on best market practices.

"We invest every year to improve our plants and encourage best practices that continually improve Animal Welfare throughout the supply chain. In 2016, we invested more than R$30 million in Animal Welfare in Brazil. We have also trained 2.6 thousand people in this area, including both employees and producers," said Márcio Nappo, JBS Sustainability director.

Among many initiatives highlighted by the Company, it has committed to transitioning its pork production system from individual to collective gestation. JBS has helped integrated suppliers comply with this standard, which means the entire production chain will have implemented the collective gestation system by 2025 - 43 per cent of producers have already adopted this system.

Furthermore, an Animal Welfare Committee, involving the Sustainability, Quality, Animal Welfare, Agriculture and Livestock and Corporate Communications areas, was set up in 2017 to set guidelines to ensure progress is constantly being made on this issue throughout the company.

All JBS Animal Well-Being actions are available on the company's website.

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