Antibiotics are used to protect the health and welfare of the animals in our food supply chains. In recent years and in light of the Covid-19 pandemic the continued conversation around antibiotic use has become of increasing importance, due to the potential risk of resistance to our own human medicines.
The drive to reduce the use of certain treatments for livestock across the industry is continually progressing, with particular focus on limiting the use of the High Priority Critically Important Antibiotics (HP-CIA) and improving on-farm data collection practices. Lidl GB work alongside a multitude of industry partners, including the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA), the Food Industry Initiative on Antimicrobials (FIIA), the Red Tractor, the AHDB e-Med Hub and eMB-Pigs, the BPC as well as our supply base to ensure the responsible use and continuous reduction of these antibiotics, while ensuring animal welfare remains a priority.
Lidl GB endorses RUMA and is committed to their new reduction targets, set across the animal agricultural sectors for 2021- 2024 (see table below). We are therefore in support of RUMA’s recommendation to use antibiotics on a basis of ‘as little as possible and as much as necessary’ and apply our policies across all the own-brand products sold in our stores.
In addition to this, Lidl subscribes to and fully supports the three FIIA policies covering: the Responsible Use of Antibiotics, the Measurement of Antibiotic Data, and the Code of Conduct on Access to and Use of Industry Data. More information on the FIIA and its policy positions can be found here.