Denny’s updates animal welfare policy

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Denny’s Corp. has updated the company’s animal welfare policy to include its commitment to serving chicken from birds raised without the use of medically important antibiotics.

In the update, the company said, “Denny’s supports the responsible application of antibiotics for the sole purpose of maintaining animal health managed through veterinary oversight. Additionally, Denny’s has committed to eliminate the use of medically important antibiotics in all chicken served at Denny’s US locations effective with purchases beginning March 1, 2019.”

Denny’s is one of the largest franchised full-service restaurants in the United States. The company had 1,709 franchised restaurants, including 131 locations abroad.

The policy update came after As You Sow, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and corporate social responsibility through shareholder advocacy, filed a shareholder resolution in December 2017 asking Denny’s to eliminate from its supply chain meat sourced from animals raised using medically important antibiotics. As You Sow applauded Denny’s policy change.