Animal Welfare

We always put a lot of thought and care into the food that goes into your basket.

We know that animal welfare is important to you, so we're committed to creating products that have been produced to the highest standards. All fresh, frozen and prepared own-brand meat and poultry products sold under the Co-op brand is produced from livestock reared to strict standards of animal welfare. Working closely with our farmers and suppliers, we support animal welfare through schemes such as Red Tractor, RSPCA Assured and our own stringent standards. All of this means you can enjoy our food, knowing you can trust where it’s come from, farmers are supported and animals are treated properly.

Animal welfare and policies performance

By working closely with our farmers and suppliers, we put a lot of thought and care into the food that goes into our customers’ baskets. Read our standards and performance report to see how we're doing this.

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Co-op is 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. The intention of this initiative is to support and engage with existing industry groups working in this area, ensuring work is aligned, avoiding duplication of effort and it has 3 key working groups on Responsible Use, Data and Research & Development. Please see our antibiotics policy in our standards and performance report

We don't test on animals

The Co-op believes that using animals to test toiletry and household products and their ingredients is inhumane and unnecessary.

Our awards

Good Dairy

Good Dairy

Compassion in World Farming – Good Dairy Award

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Grocer Gold

Grocer Gold Sustainability Award Finalist – for our Integrated Calf Scheme

Good Egg

Compassion in World Farming – Good Egg Award

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Business Benchmark

Business Benchmark Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) – awarded Tier 2 status – meaning that Animal welfare is ‘Integral to our Business Strategy

See our latest Animal Welfare report

Our Farmers

We've got a great story to tell you about how we work with our farmers to produce top quality meat, poultry, milk and eggs.

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