Animal welfare: Retail chains also want to focus more on animal welfare when it comes to milk

Animal welfare
Retail chains also want to focus more on animal welfare when it comes to milk

Two dairy cows in a pasture. Photo: Daniel Bockwoldt / dpa

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Edeka has already announced it, and now Aldi is following suit: a higher standard of animal husbandry is to be adhered to not only for meat, but also for milk and dairy products.

More and more large retail chains in Germany want to gradually ban milk from their refrigerated shelves from unsuitable animal husbandry.

After the Edeka group, the discounters Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd also announced on Thursday that they intend to completely dispense with their own brands of milk in the foreseeable future, the production of which only meets the minimum legal requirements for animal husbandry. The changeover should take place by 2024.

Germany’s largest grocer Edeka and its discount chain Netto have even set themselves the goal of taking this step this year, as they announced at the beginning of the week. Further milk and dairy products are to follow.

The background: In the past few weeks, all of the major grocery retailers in Germany have announced that they will also introduce the four-stage husbandry label, which will only be used for meat and meat products by the end of the year, for dairy and dairy products in 2022. With its four levels – 1: stable housing, 2: stable housing plus, 3: outside climate, 4: premium – it enables consumers to see at first glance how high the animal welfare level is when keeping livestock .

The Aldi-Nord manager Tanja Hacker stated: “The development of the last few years shows: The demand for animal welfare products is growing steadily.” According to her, all of Aldi’s own-brand milk should come from husbandry forms 3 and 4 by 2030 at the latest.


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