Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare

PROTECTING ANIMAL WELFARE IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR US. WE ARE WORKING HARD TO ENSURE ALL ANIMALS IN OUR SUPPLY CHAIN LIVE A GOOD LIFE

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Through our partners such as The Red Tractor and RSPCA Assured alongside animal welfare focussed NGO's, we have specialised contacts placed throughout the industry that can help advise and help action continuous improvement.

We have created strong supplier relationships through our lean buying practices and by championing British farming, we are able to provide product with leading-welfare standards, at an affordable price.

Method of Production Labelling

We are the first UK retailer to introduce a ‘method of production’ label on our fresh chicken product lines. Our label, which is located on the front of pack,  gives our customers detailed descriptions of how the chickens that we sell have been reared, helping our customers to make more informed decisions when they shop in our stores.

Learn more about our method of production initiative.

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Antibiotics

Our first Antibiotics Stewardship Policy aligns to the targets set by the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA). Through these targets to reduce the use of antibiotics in our supply chain, we have started a project with The University of Glasgow School of Medicine, aiming to research the challenges and perceptions surrounding this topic.

Learn more about our stance on antibiotic use and our research project.

Product Certification

All our British fresh meat and poultry is assured by Red Tractor, a national assurance scheme that has standards across various practices including farm animal welfare. This standard goes above and beyond EU minimum requirements, in areas such as the lower stocking densities of our UK meat chicken farms and antibiotic usage.

The RSPCA Assured logo is a third-party higher welfare certification that also spans across all our fresh meat and poultry categories. We currently have 24 RSPCA Assured products lines, however this number is continually growing.

You can find out more about all Our Partners.

 

Download our Animal Health and Welfare Policy

Eggs

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We have committed to selling 100% of our eggs from cage-free hens by 2025, and ensuring that all of our free range organic eggs are RSPCA Assured.

In the UK, two main systems are used in the production of eggs: enriched cages and free range. The conditions of these systems vary in terms on space, feeding and activity range. Lidl intends to phase out the eggs from caged hens, however we recognise the significant investment made by British egg suppliers in transitioning to enriched caged systems in 2012. We have therefore set timescales that are challenging yet realistic for the industry to achieve, while still meeting the expectations of our customers and the wider public. In addition to this, we offer a range of organics eggs, all of which are RSPCA assured.

 

We are committed to reporting progress against our cage-free target on an annual basis. The table below outlines the progress made by all shell eggs sold by Lidl UK.*

Financial YearProportion of shell eggs from cage-free production systemsProportion of shell eggs from enriched cages
2017/18  44%  56%
2018/19  50%  50%
2019/20  60%  40%

*Figures based on number of shell eggs sold.

 

Download our egg sourcing policy