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    Whole Foods Ranks Highest for Humanely Labeled Foods in Study<br />

    In a survey, the natural/organic grocer offered twice as many humanely labeled products per store in 2008 as the second highest-ranking company.

    A survey conducted by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) gave Whole Foods Market the highest score among 25 U.S. grocery retailers for availability of humanely labeled foods.

    The product labeling informs customers about the humane treatment of farm animals.

    WSPA polled 200 stores located in 34 states representing a sample of the top 25 supermarket corporations by annual sales, to assess the availability of "animal friendly" food. The survey recorded the availability of dairy products, eggs, unprocessed meat and poultry, and processed meat and poultry. The WSPA is an international welfare organization with headquarters in London and 16 offices worldwide. The organization holds consultative status with the United Nations and represents the largest alliance of animal welfare organizations in the world.

    "We are proud of our exceptional position within the grocery industry for championing innovative production systems that improve the quality, taste and the safety of our animal products, while also supporting the comfort, physical safety, and health of the animals on the farms and ranches," said Margaret Wittenberg, global vp of communications and quality standards for Whole Foods Market. "Our goal is to make it easy for shoppers to make informed choices. We know that many of our customers say humane treatment of farm animals is important to them."

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