Animal welfare is an important part of being a responsible business and we are committed to the continuous improvement of animal welfare in our food and non-food products.
Aldi have our own animal welfare requirements which form part of the contractual agreement between Aldi and our suppliers. Underlying Aldi’s Animal Welfare Policies are the following ‘five freedoms’ as set out by the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC):
•Freedom from hunger and thirst
•Freedom from discomfort
•Freedom from pain, injury or disease
•Freedom to express normal behaviour
•Freedom from fear and distress
See our Animal Welfare Strategy and Performance Document here.
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.
That’s why Aldi is a sponsor of the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA), a collective of interested parties across the food supply chain. We are also part of the Food Industry Initiative on Antimicrobials which has the stated vision of retailers, manufacturers, processors and food service companies coming together to promote and support responsible antimicrobial use and action on antimicrobial resistance’.
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.
Aldi also takes animal welfare seriously when it comes to our non-food products. Find out more about our Non-Food Animal Welfare policies here.