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Wal-Mart U.S. asking meat suppliers to reduce antibiotics

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Wal-Mart Stores said its U.S. units were asking meat suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics in farm animals and provide annual reports on antibiotics management and animal welfare.

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Walmart U.S. and Sam's Club U.S. are asking suppliers to limit the use of antibiotics to sick animals and not use antibiotics for boosting animals' growth, the company said.

"We have listened to our customers, and are asking our suppliers to engage in improved reporting standards and transparency measures regarding the treatment of farm animals," Kathleen McLaughlin, senior vice president of Walmart sustainability, said in a statement.

Walmart specifically calls out a number of issues that it would like to see resolved. Those include stopping the use of animal housing that's too confined, finding alternatives to painful practices like de-horning and castration, and ending slaughter without making an animal insensitive to pain.

It's asking suppliers to provide animal welfare reports both to Walmart and the public on an annual basis so that tabs can be kept on their progress.