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Supervalu pressures farmers to end use of pig pens

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Mar 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — One of the country's largest grocery companies is joining others who are pressuring pork suppliers to stop using restrictive gestation crates for their pigs.

Supervalu says it will require reports from its suppliers on their progress in producing pork without the use of the individual stalls that are too narrow for a pregnant pig to turn around. A growing number of hog farmers are moving to group pens as industry giants like Smithfield Foods and Cargill try to protect their brands from criticism by animal rights activists.

The Eden Prairie-based grocery company wants pork suppliers to provide their plans to stop using the gestation grates by 2017.

Supervalu has 3,400 stores, which include Cub Foods, Save-A-Lot, Farm Fresh and Shop 'n Save.

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