Animal welfare

At Asda we care about animal welfare, and we know you do, too. We're proud to say that this commitment has been recognised by organisations such as the RSPA and Compassion in World Farming. 

We’re making improvements across our supply chain to make sure that livestock is treated properly at every step of the process.

We’re working closely with farmers to develop better ways of rearing animals. We use the framework of the long established 'Five Freedoms' to help define our animal welfare and sourcing policies. 

Animal testing 

At Asda, we don't test any of our own brand beauty, toiletry or household products on animals. In fact, we haven't tested any of the ingredients in our cosmetics products on animals since 31st December 2009, or cleaning products since 31st of December 2015. 

Animal slaughter 

At Asda we stipulate that all of our meat must be stunned pre-slaughter.

For more information about Asda's position on animal welfare, have a look at our animal welfare policy.  

Reducing antibiotics in food production

Antibiotics are used in farm animals to treat, control and prevent disease. Some antibiotics used in animals are also used in human medicine, and are categorised as “critically important antimicrobials”. Consequently, there is more concern over the use of these products in medical and veterinary treatments.

Antibiotics are a critical and scarce resource and their use may lead to antibiotic resistance in bacteria, making human and animal disease more difficult to treat. Asda does not support routine prophylactic use of antibiotics in livestock systems nor their use for production purposes i.e. for enhancing growth or to improve feed efficiency.

Antibiotics should be used responsibly in human and veterinary medicine. This means not using antibiotics to treat viruses or as a substitute for good farm management practices, which reduce the risk of disease – as little as possible but as much as necessary.

In 2015, our parent company, Walmart, announced its policy on the sensible use of antibiotics. This is in line with the American Veterinary Medical Association programme, but it also meets the UK’s Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) recommendations.

Following the O’Neill Review on Antimicrobial Resistance here in the UK, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has committed to a reduction in antibiotic use in livestock and fish farmed for food.

Asda endorses RUMA’s position on antibiotic reduction. We do not support the routine preventative use of antibiotics. In particular, Asda endorses the statement that ‘antibiotics must not be used to compensate for poor hygiene or inadequate husbandry conditions or where improvements in animal husbandry could reduce the need for antibiotic treatment’.

Asda does not support routine prophylactic use of antibiotics in livestock systems nor their use for production purposes i.e. for enhancing growth or to improve feed efficiency. You can read our latest supplier survey data here.

 

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