Our Commitment to Animal Welfare

Our Principles

We are committed to the highest standards of food safety in our restaurants, bakeries, and shoppes. We comply with all applicable FDA guidelines, including those related to the use of antibiotics in animal-based protein. We will seek suppliers that share our values and are working toward common goals.

Our Actions

Committed to quality assurance

Our vendor qualification and quality assurance processes are designed to ensure we are sourcing animal proteins, including poultry, dairy, and egg products from responsible suppliers who meet our standards and apply industry best practices as they relate to animal welfare. The company’s internal Quality Assurance team routinely conducts on-site audits or compliance reviews through third-party verification programs, validating supplier practices are in compliance with our stated commitment.

Sourcing Cage-Free Eggs

GoTo Foods has committed to sourcing cage-free eggs. While not a large user of eggs, we commit our ongoing cooperation to work with our suppliers to effect meaningful and positive change in the humane treatment of animals. GoTo Foods will thoughtfully pursue and implement changes in our supply chain, but such changes will take time and external and internal factors or conditions, such as supply chain disruptions, product recalls or other supply limitations, could affect our sourcing of cage-free eggs. We may also reevaluate our commitments from time to time.

Broiler Chickens

While GoTo Foods is not directly involved in raising, transporting, or processing broiler chickens, all of our broiler chicken suppliers are committed to evaluating new techniques and emerging technologies to ensure the humane treatment of chickens throughout the production process. This is evidenced by our broiler chicken suppliers maintaining animal welfare certifications in alignment with widely-held industry standards and they are routinely audited for compliance by leading industry associations.

We understand that science, industry and standards in the area of farming and animal welfare will be updated as time goes on. As such we will continually work toward best standards in areas of broiler chickens and other proteins. We seek to make constant progress together with our suppliers, community and partnerships.

Performance Guidelines

We rely on the guidelines established by the following organizations:

  • National Chicken Council (NCC)
  • American Meat Institute (AMI)
  • AUS-Meat Limited
  • American Humane Association
  • National Turkey Federation (NTF)
  • National Pork Board
  • United Egg Producers (UEP)

We are also a sponsor and active participant in the Poultry Welfare Auditor Certification Training held annually by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO), whose mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals through education and certification of auditors.