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Chipotle Halts Pork Sales at Hundreds of Restaurants After Animal-Welfare Audit

Chipotle decided not to serve pork in some of its restaurants instead of selling meat that “falls well short of our animal welfare standards," rep says.

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    Chipotle Halts Pork Sales at Hundreds of Restaurants After Animal-Welfare Audit
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    This Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, file photo, shows the door at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania.

    If the pork carnitas are your favorite topping at Chipotle, you may have to change your order.

    The Mexican food chain said it will stop serving pork at a third of its U.S. restaurants after a routine audit discovered one of its suppliers was not complying with its animal-welfare standards.

    “Our pork comes from pigs that are raised with access to the outdoors or in deeply bedded barns, and without the use of antibiotics,” communications director Chris Arnold said in a statement to NBC Wednesday. “With a supplier suspended, we do not have enough pork for all of our restaurants.”

    Arnold said that Chipotle decided not to serve pork in some of its restaurants instead of compromising its “protocol" by selling meat that “falls well short of our animal welfare standards."

    Denver-based Chipotle, which owns more than 1,700 restaurants in the U.S, is looking for other options to address the shortage, including buying more pork from existing suppliers or finding different suppliers, according to Reuters.

    Chipotle, known for serving antibiotic-free meat and organic produce, did not disclose which supplier did not comply with its standards.