October 20, 2008


Dutch retailers put a halt to sales of castrated pork

Supermarket chains Aldi and Lidl will no longer stock pork from castrated piglets, reported Dutch newspapers on Friday, 17 October 2008.


The announcement is a breakthrough for action group Pigs in Peril which announced it is taking food retailers Albert Heijn and Schuitema (C1000) to court for their part in castrating piglets without anesthetics, reports DutchNews.nl.


Earlier this year the umbrella organisation of the supermarkets promised to stop selling product from piglets which have not been anaesthetised before castration from spring 2009.


The castration of 10 million piglets on Holland's factory farms to get rid of unpleasant smells when the meat is cooked is unnecessary because the smell is hereditary and can be bred out, said researchers at Wageningen University earlier this year.

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