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UPDATE 3-Wal-Mart urges meat suppliers to curb antibiotic use

CHICAGO, May 22- Wal-Mart Stores Inc is pressing meat, seafood, dairy and egg suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics, becoming the first large retailer to take such a public stand against the excessive use of drugs in raising farm animals. Wal-Mart, the country's biggest food retailer, is also telling suppliers not to raise animals in gestation crates or in...
Source: Reuters | By: P.J. Huffstutter and Nathan Layne
Walmart: New animal welfare, antibiotics positions

Walmart U.S. is asking suppliers to "report and take disciplinary and corrective action in cases of animal abuse."
Source: CNBC.com | By: Rebecca Ungarino
Timeline: Key steps among companies in animal welfare

-FEBRUARY 2012: McDonald's Corp. requires its U.S. pork suppliers to outline plans to phase out the use of sow gestation stalls that limit movement. -APRIL 2015: Aramark, the largest U.S. food-service company, says it's eliminating all cages for laying hens by 2020, gestation crates for mother pigs by 2017 and crates for veal calves by 2017. Among other steps, the...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer
Wal-Mart urges meat suppliers to curb antibiotic use

CHICAGO, May 22- Wal-Mart Stores Inc is pressing meat, seafood, dairy and egg suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics, becoming the first large retailer to take a stand against the excessive use of drugs in raising farm animals. Wal-Mart, the country's biggest food retailer, is also telling suppliers not to raise animals in gestation crates or in other...
Source: Reuters | By: P.J. Huffstutter and Nathan Layne
Q&A: Why are antibiotics used in livestock?

NEW YORK- Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, is the latest company to ask its suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Here's a rundown of what's driving the decision:. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released estimates that more than 23,000 people a year are dying from infections that are resistant to drugs.
Source: The Associated Press | By: By The Associated Press
UPDATE 1-Wal-Mart U.S. asks meat suppliers to reduce antibiotic use

May 22- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said its U.S. units were asking meat suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics in animals, joining the list of U.S. companies that have responded to consumer and government concerns over the excess use of drugs in livestock. Wal-Mart's U.S. units will ask suppliers to limit the use of antibiotics for the treatment of sick animals and not...
Source: Reuters
Wal-Mart's push on animal welfare hailed as game changer

NEW YORK- Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products are made and sold across the retail...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer
INTERVIEW-Sanderson sees no alternatives to antibiotic use in chicken production

NEW YORK, May 20- Sanderson Farms Inc, the third largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to continue using antibiotics on its birds partly because there are no alternatives on the horizon for treating a deadly but common gut disease, Chief Executive Officer Joe Sanderson said on Wednesday. Two of the biggest makers of animal drugs have told Sanderson Farms that...
Source: Reuters | By: Tom Polansek
Hormel Foods to USDA: Your turkey forecast is for the birds

CHICAGO, May 20- Hormel Foods' chief executive cast doubt on federal forecasts for as much as 4 percent increase in turkey meat production on Wednesday, due to a devastating outbreak of avian flu that has "significantly challenged" its Jennie-O Turkey Store business. To date, the outbreak has led to the deaths or scheduled euthanizations of more than 38 million...
Source: Reuters | By: P.J. Huffstutter
Answer to healthier chicken nuggets...Mozart?

This firm says playing classical music could, in part, lead to healthier chickens.
Source: Reuters