By Brianne Hogan / Source: Ecorazzi

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Just six months after Panera announced a “responsibly raised” livestock and poultry food policy, the company announced further plans to clean up its animal welfare act.

In a progress report released Wednesday, Panera said that pregnant sows at its suppliers will no longer be confined to gestation crates beginning in January 2015. In addition, all pork will be raised completely without antibiotics. Apparently the company completed 90 percent of those goals this year, which is better than nothing considering pork accounts for 30 percent of all Panera transactions.

The company also reported that 80 percent, or two million pounds, of its beef was grass-fed, and that 18 percent of its eggs came from hens raised in cage-free environments. We know — it’s a pretty low number, even the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is prodding them about it. Otherwise, the organization is impressed by Panera’s efforts.

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