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Published: Tuesday, 5/8/2012

Safeway grocery chain alters pork purchasing

BLADE NEWS SERVICES

PLEASANTON, Calif. — The nation's second-largest grocery chain says it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs.

Safeway Inc. announced Monday that it's planning to stop buying from suppliers that use pig gestation crates.

Most pork currently comes from sows confined during their four-month pregnancies in narrow crates. Animal welfare activists have pushed for using open pens.



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