CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA announced it would work with suppliers to promote open housing for pregnant sows by 2022 but would still allow for the use of gestation crates “during appropriate times.”


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“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,” Jihad Rizkallah, vice president, responsible retailing, said in a press release. “Our goal is to work with suppliers who are moving towards a less restrictive environment.”

In recent years, several retailers — including Roundy’s, Safeway, Kroger, Harris Teeter, Costco and Target — have pledged to phase out gestation crates completely.

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