Apparently, when Chipotle says they source ethically, they mean business. In January, following an internal audit that revealed a large supplier of the chain's pork was not living up to its standards for raising hogs, Chipotle pulled the plug on its "carnitas" offering at more than 1,700 locations.
According to Chipotle's internal policies, pork suppliers, "must raise pigs with access to the outdoors or in deeply bedded barns to improve their comfort. The standards also prohibit the use of antibiotics," reported Kimberlie Clyma, for Meat + Poultry, but apparently, one of those suppliers demonstrated "inconsistencies in the chain’s animal welfare protocol."
Chipotle has said it will not resume the sale of pork at the affected locations until an alternate supplier can be identified, or the original supplier comes into strict compliance. But how have consumers reacted to the restaurant's decision? Has there been backlash against the move, or have customers lauded it for sticking to its principles?