Hillshire Brands, owner of Hillshire Farms, Ballpark, Jimmy Dean and State Fair meat brands, has announced it is actively engaged in discussions with its suppliers on alternatives to traditional gestational housing, and intends to have a solution in place by the end of 2022.

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The company's plan is to source all pork from suppliers who use housing that provides the animals the opportunity for adequate movement and comfort, while also ensuring their safety. "Hillshire Brands takes concerns about the welfare of animals seriously, which is why we have a comprehensive Animal Well-Being Program in place," said Mike Cummins, director of corporate communications. "We know we share a responsibility to ensure the meat we sell is safe and that it comes from animals raised in a humane way."