NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods says it will stop selling products made by a prison labor program after a protest against the practice at one of its stores in Texas.
The company said the products should be out of its stores by April 2016, if not sooner. Whole Foods said it has sold tilapia and goat cheese produced through a Colorado inmate program since at least 2011.
Michael Allen, a prison reform advocate, said Whole Foods informed him of its change in policy after he organized a protest at one of the company's stores in Houston this past weekend.
Michael Silverman, a Whole Foods spokesman, says the company initially sourced the products because it was a way to "help people get back on their feet and eventually become contributing members of society."