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Supermarkets Change How They Buy Pork

by 5m Editor
21 September 2011, at 9:21am

HAWAII, US - Foodland Super Market Ltd. and Times Supermarkets have agreed to stop purchasing pork products from pigs that are transported live to Hawaii for slaughter.

According to Pacific Business News, the two grocery chains agreed to purchase pork products from other sources in light of a report by the animal rights group World Society for the Protection of Animals, which also lobbied against the passage of a bill that would have allowed the state of Hawaii to purchase a slaughterhouse on Oahu, the group said in a news release.

"Just because something is legal and approved by the appropriate agencies doesn’t necessarily make it right," said Times Supermarket President Bob Stout, in a statement. "We have an obligation as a retailer to do the right thing while servicing our customers. In this case, we are doing precisely that — changing to a more humane method of procuring pork and, at the same time, providing our customers with what they want."

A spokeswoman for Foodland confirmed the Honolulu-based company has changed its pork purchasing and is working with Hormel.