AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market announced that all fresh beef, pork and chicken sold in its U.S. stores is now certified under the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating system.
According to Whole Foods, the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating system, the signature program of the nonprofit Global Animal Partnership, is designed to help address growing public concern about animal welfare. The rating system identifies incrementally higher welfare practices and conditions within farm animal production systems. Independent third-party certifiers audit and rate farms' animal welfare practices and conditions using a tiered system that ranges from Step 1 (no crates, cages, or crowding) to Step 5+ (animals spend their entire lives on one farm).
Whole Foods Market said it is the first retailer to adopt the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating system. With the goal of improving the lives of farm animals, the company began rolling out the system in February. Now, all fresh beef, pork and chicken sold in its U.S. stores meat depart