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Ahold USA said today that it will encourage its pork suppliers to move from the daily use of gestation crates to open housing for pregnant sows by 2022. This includes the option to use gestation crates during appropriate times to keep sows and piglets healthy and safe.
“Animal welfare is a fundamental part of our responsible retailing practices and we intend to work with the most reputable suppliers to source safe and affordable pork produced with respect for the animal,” said Jihad Rizkallah, VP, responsible retailing, Ahold USA. “Our goal is to work with suppliers who are moving towards a less restrictive environment.”
Ahold USA conducted a review of this issue by speaking with pork suppliers and visiting several supplier farms. The company also met with relevant stakeholders, including food industry colleagues, the Humane Society of the U.S. and members of academia to gather information and discuss the safety and well-being of sows.
Ahold USA supports four regional Divisions – Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Landover and Giant Carlisle – that together operate nearly 800 supermarkets with approximately 120,000 associates in 14 states and the District of Columbia, along with e-grocer Peapod.