AGRIBUSINESS: General Mills Takes A Stand

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One of the largest food companies in the world has now announced support for the development of pregnant sow housing alternatives.

General Mills says it will favor pork suppliers that provide actionable plans by 2017 to create traceability and end their use of gestation crates within the US pork supply chain. 

The company says it cares about animal welfare and supports the humane treatment of animals in agriculture, adding that it agrees with the FDA that judicious use of medically important antibiotic drugs can help preserve the effectiveness of the drugs as therapies for humans and animals. For that reason, the company does not support routine use of antibiotic drugs to promote growth in livestock, and believes such drugs should be used only as necessary to maintain the health of animals