Animal Welfare Approved Grassfed Beef and Pastured Pork Available in 130 Whole Foods Market Stores

December 16, 2009

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In response to many ongoing requests asking whether Animal Welfare Approved products are available in Whole Foods Market stores, the answer is YES! This holiday season, in addition to purchasing your AWA meat directly from the farm, CSA, farmers’ market, co-op, buying club, and other retailers, you can also shop at more than 130 Whole Foods Market locations and find Animal Welfare Approved grassfed beef and pastured pork products.

While Animal Welfare Approved farmers supply numerous Whole Foods Market locations, typically it has been difficult for consumers to find Animal Welfare Approved products at these stores because most AWA products will lack the familiar AWA label. And since Whole Foods Market locations offer a variety of meat products from a host of different sources, consumers need to ask for Animal Welfare Approved products by the specific farm or farm group.

Studies have shown that meat from grassfed/pasture-raised animals is higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins E and C while being lower in fat, cholesterol and calories. Grassfed/pasture-based farming has also been shown to be more environmentally responsible and can remove the risk of E. Coli contamination in meat. Animals on AWA farms are raised with the highest welfare standards, according to the World Society for the Protection of Animals.

AWA products can be found at Whole Foods Market locations in 26 states in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest and South. A state-by-state list of Whole Foods Market stores that stock AWA meats, and specifically what you should ask for at the meat counter, is available on www.AnimalWelfareApproved.org/whole-foods/. Since the AWA products lack AWA labels, asking the butcher for meat from a specific farm is the key to ensuring Animal Welfare Approved meat is a part of your meaningful holiday meal.

Consumers can find a searchable database of other Animal Welfare Approved products on the AWA website.

Animal Welfare Approved audits and certifies family farms that raise their animals with the highest animal welfare standards, outdoors, on pasture or range. The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has lauded these standards for two years running as being the most stringent when compared to other third-party certification programs. Visit www.AnimalWelfareApproved.org for a searchable database of approved farms and restaurants, shops and markets where our farmers’ products are sold. Choose the one independent food label that means healthy, safe, environmentally responsible and humanely raised.

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