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.
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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.