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National Campaign Raises Factory Farm Issue with Whole Foods

Two Regions pull factory farmed duck meat from Maple Leaf Farms in response to national campaign

Viva!USA is sponsoring a nationwide series of events to convince Whole Foods to drop duck meat from its over 100 stores. In conjunction with groups around the country, Viva! will hold demonstrations and leafleting events from now until mid-February at Whole Foods stores (including those operating under the names Fresh Fields & Bread & Circus) in such major cities as Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC.

Viva! has been informed by both the Midwest and MidAtlantic Whole Foods that they will no longer carry duck meat by Maple Leaf Farms, one of the main companies investigated by Viva! The announcement from the Mid Atlantic region includes D'Artagnan and International Gourmet.

However, some Whole Foods still carry duck meat from Maple Leaf Farms and also Grimaud Farms of California - another company investigated by Viva! Earth Fare, a health food chain with five stores in North & South Carolina, pulled duck meat from Grimaud Farms after seeing Viva!'s investigation.

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