company

Denny’s

FAIRR Commentary

Denny’s has strengthened its policy on antibiotics to eliminate the use of medically important antibiotics in all chicken served at Denny’s U.S. locations effective with purchases beginning 1 March 2019. Denny’s has been subject to increasing investor pressure over the last few years, including a shareholder resolution to adopt an enterprise-wide policy to phase out the use of medically important antibiotics for disease prevention purposes in its meat and poultry supply chain.  The resolution received a vote of 15.5% in 2018.

FAIRR Recommendations

We are encouraged by Denny’s positive actions to strengthen its commitment to antibiotics stewardship. However, we would like to see the company:

  • Extend their policy to cover all relevant animal-derived proteins where antibiotics are prevalent, including pork, beef and turkey.
  • Extend their policy to cover all relevant markets in which it operates in.
  • Extending the scope of their policy beyond medically important antibiotics in order to phase out the routine use of all antibiotics and/ or only use antibiotics when there is a disease present and administered by a veterinarian.
  • Commit to third-party audits across all relevant markets and species to ensure compliance.
  • Report more comprehensively and publicly on implementation progress including antibiotics use.

Company Comment

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