ConAgra Foods has come out with a statement of support for the elimination of gestation stall housing for sows. According to the statement – the move is part of the company’s long-standing commitment to the humane treatment and handling of animals. The company – one of North America’s leading food companies – says it is asking its pork suppliers to present actionable plans by 2017 that address the elimination of gestation stalls and creation of traceability systems within the pork supply chain. The company says it recognizes that implementing a phase-out may be a long-term process that could take up to 10 years. ConAgra foods states that it intends to continue working with pork suppliers who share a commitment to the best animal welfare and handling practices.
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