Wal-Mart Pressures Meat Suppliers 05/22 08:22
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its
thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and
improve treatment of them.
That means asking meat producers, eggs suppliers and others to use
antibiotics only for disease prevention or treatment, not to fatten their
animals, a common industry practice. The guidelines also aim to get suppliers
to stop using sow gestation crates and other housing that lacks sufficient
They're also being asked to avoid painful procedures like de-horning or
castration without proper pain management.
Wal-Mart wants suppliers to provide it with an annual report and publicly
report their progress on their own websites.
Wal-Mart is facing pressure from shoppers who want to know more about how
their food is produced.