Blue Apron is committed to the humane treatment of animals raised for meat and poultry and providing our customers with high quality ingredients that they can feel good about.
At the core of our Animal Welfare Policy is the Five Freedoms, a set of principles adopted by the World Organization for Animal Health that seeks to ensure the physical and mental well-being of animals under human control. The Five Freedoms are:
● Freedom from hunger, malnutrition and thirst;
● Freedom from fear and distress;
● Freedom from physical and thermal discomfort;
● Freedom from pain, injury and disease; and
● Freedom to express normal patterns of behavior.
We aspire to the Five Freedoms and animals’ physical and mental well-being by prioritizing enriched environments, pasture-based farming and other means of allowing animals to exhibit their natural behaviors in all of our meat and egg sourcing.
We also recognize that on their own, the Five Freedoms do not guarantee improved farm animal welfare. That’s why we’ve decided to align our animal welfare goals with recognized animal welfare certifications such as Certified Humane Raised and Handled ® and Global Animal Partnership. At Blue Apron, we’re committed to transparency and want our customers to be confident knowing what goes into their boxes. These animal welfare certifications required third-party, on-farm inspections, so you can trust that animals were raised according to science-based standards for improved animal welfare.
Where We Stand Today and Looking Forward
Growth Promoters, Antibiotics and Vegetarian Feed
No animal raised for meat as part of our supply chain is ever given growth promoters, such as added hormones, subtherapeutic antibiotics, or beta-agonists (federal law prohibits the use of added hormones in poultry) . No animal is ever given subtherapeutic antibiotics, and we require that all of our animal protein suppliers promptly treat animals in the event that they become sick and their welfare requires it. All animals raised for meat and poultry are fed vegetarian diets free from animal byproducts, except the laying hens producing our shell eggs — 100% of our shell eggs come from Certified Humane Raised and Handled ® pasture-raised hens who eat plenty of bugs and grubs.
All of our beef comes from cattle that spend at minimum 80% of their life span on pasture and over 10% is Global Animal Partnership (GAP) 4 certified*. By 2025, our goal is to have 100% of our beef come from Certified Humane Raised and Handled ® or GAP 4 certified cattle.
All of our pork comes from pigs raised in group housing systems or in systems that do not use gestation crates. All of our whole muscle pork, comprising about 35% of our total spend on pork, is Certified Humane Raised and Handled ®*. By 2025, our goal is to have 100% Certified Humane Raised and Handled ® or GAP 4 certified pork.
95% of our chicken comes from broiler chickens raised without the use of broiler cages with an average stocking density of less than 6 live pounds per square foot, as specified in the Better Chicken Commitment.
By 2024, we are committed to aligning 100% of our broiler supply with the remaining guidelines provided by the Better Chicken Commitment, as outlined below.
1) Provide birds enriched environments including litter, lighting, and enrichment that meets Global Animal Partnership’s standards.
2) Process chickens in a manner that avoids pre-stun handling and instead utilizes a multi-step controlled-atmosphere processing system that induces an irreversible stun.
3) Demonstrate compliance with all standards via third-party auditing
Furthermore, by 2026 we’re committed to adopting breeds that demonstrate higher welfare outcomes that meet the criteria of the RSPCA Broiler Breed Welfare Assessment Protocol or Global Animal Partnership (GAP).
Laying Hens (Shell Eggs)
100% of our shell eggs come from laying hens that are Certified Humane Raised & Handled ® pasture-raised.
Our Commitment to Transparency and Accountability
Our commitment to animal welfare guides the sourcing decisions we make for all meat and poultry products in our supply chain. This commitment is shared across our organization, with oversight from our Senior Vice President of Procurement and Supply Chain and Protein Category Managers, and its implementation is the responsibility of our Head of Sustainability and Social Impact, Senior Director of Food Safety & Quality, and Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs.
We have processes in place for ensuring that all of our meat, poultry and egg suppliers live up to the standards described above and are committed to providing our customers with transparent information. We look forward to providing updates on our work, including specific progress toward implementing our goals, in the future.
For information about our fish and seafood sustainability program, please see our public profile at The Ocean Disclosure Project.
*By spend based on an internal audit of 2020 purchase order data.