Safeway, one of the country’s largest retail grocers, will form an animal welfare committee.

Brian Dowling, a representative for Pleasanton-based Safeway, says the committee would consist of both company employees and outside experts, including TempleGrandin, animal welfare expert and professor at ColoradoStateUniversity. He also says that Safeway will post its animal welfare policies on its Web site.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the animal welfare group that has 192 shares of Safeway stock, has lobbied Safeway officials to promote a method of slaughtering poultry called controlled-atmosphere killing, commonly called CAK. They announced they would withdraw a proposal to gain shareholder support for Safeway to support CAK.

Silicone Valley Business Journal