We recently released our latest report, US pork and the superbug crisis, and the findings are hitting close to home. Our investigation found superbugs in pork sold at Walmart stores in the US!
Poor welfare practices lead to overuse of antibiotics
Antibiotics are routinely used by meat producers to manage poor animal health in intensive systems. Low-welfare practices play a significant role in the continued use of important antibiotics and contribute to the spread of resistant bacteria to humans via food and the environment.
Our testing of pork from Walmart US stores revealed that nearly half of the batches had two or more different strains of resistant bacteria and more than half contained at least one multi-drug resistant strain, or “superbug”. Walmart US’s batches also tested positive for Salmonella or to have multi-drug resistant E. coli present.
Employing high-welfare practices on farms will also reduce the use antibiotics for disease prevention.
Urge Walmart Inc. to commit to higher welfare sourcing
While Walmart Inc. (Global) has not yet made a time-bound commitment to phase out sow stalls in its supply chain, several of its competitors have. Target and Costco have committed to only partner with suppliers who do not use gestation crates by 2022 and Kroger by 2025. Walmart Inc. is lagging behind the times, it needs to move forward by making animal welfare a priority, as it is for its customers.
Tell Walmart Inc. to set higher welfare policies for its pork suppliers that can reduce reliance on antibiotics, starting with ending gestation crates.
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