The RSPCA has welcomed Aldi’s announcement that the store would not sell chlorine washed chicken.
The low cost retailer – which stocks RSPCA Assured products, joined Waitrose and Tesco in pledging not to sell lower welfare imports.
This week will see the House of Lords discuss the landmark animal welfare law – The Agriculture Bill – considering a number of amendments which could see current British animal welfare standards safeguarded by law.
Chris Sherwood, chief executive of the RSPCA said: “It is great to see retailers like Aldi and Waitrose speaking out against lower welfare imports – it shows that shoppers of all incomes have no appetite for lower welfare imports.
“We would welcome other retailers making the same commitment – however more importantly we want to see the Government take action now to to enshrine in law the Government’s manifesto commitment that they would not accept imports of food products produced to lower welfare standards.”
RSPCA polling showed 67% of people are opposed to the import of food products produced to standards unlawful in the UK.