Animal Welfare

Animal welfare is an important part of being a responsible business and we are committed to high standards of animal welfare in our food and non-food products.

Aldi is ranked as a leader for animal welfare in the global benchmark. The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) 2019 assessed over 150 global food companies across 24 countries and acknowledged our efforts for improving our approach to animal welfare by ranking us in the 2nd Tier.

See our Animal Welfare Strategy and Performance Document here.

We have a commitment to be 100% cage-free across all of our shell eggs and egg ingredients in products by 2025. Because of this commitment we were awarded the ‘Good Egg Award’ from Compassion in World Farming in 2020.

All our everyday range of fresh meat is 100% Irish and has been independently certified to meet the Bord Bia Assurance Standard, guaranteeing that products are sourced from farms and food suppliers who meet Irish standards for food safety, hygiene, animal welfare and environmental protection. We also have a wide range of free range and organic products.

As well as supporting animal welfare through certification schemes, Aldi also have their own animal welfare requirements, these form part of the contractual agreement between Aldi and our suppliers.

 

 

Responsible Use of Antimicrobials

Antibiotics are used to treat, control and prevent disease in farm animals. Aldi believes that antibiotic use in animal medicine, when applied responsibly, promotes good animal welfare. We therefore support the need to protect antimicrobial medicines and reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance to human health.

We believe that the use of antibiotics in animal farming should be prescribed by qualified veterinarians and with a view to good animal welfare and long-term sustainability. We do not support the prophylactic use of antibiotics in animal farming, or their use as growth promoters.

 

Animal Testing

Aldi also takes animal welfare seriously when it comes to our non-food products. It is Aldi’s policy in Ireland and the UK that all of its own-label cosmetics, toiletries and household products and their ingredients must not be tested on animals.