Animal welfare initiative: Large grocers agree on attitude labeling

Consumers are to be informed in four stages about the keeping conditions of slaughter animals: grocers such as Edeka, Rewe, Aldi and Lidl have agreed on a uniform system.

The major German grocers want to introduce a uniform system for the identification of cattle, pork and poultry.

In the future, consumers in Germany should be able to find out more easily about the keeping conditions of slaughter animals when buying meat. From April 1, the system will be phased in, initially for packaged products. That announced the Initiative Animal Welfare (ITW), which is funded by the food retail industry.

Many retail chains have already started to introduce their own animal husbandry labeling systems in recent months. However, this was partly confusing for consumers due to the inconsistency of labeling.

Four-level system

The system now developed by ITW consists of four stages.

  • The first level "stable housing" complies only with the legal requirements.
  • Meat, which is marked with the level 2 "stable keeping plus", ensures the animals, among other things, more space and additional employment material.
  • Level 3 "outdoor climate" guarantees the animals even more space and fresh air contact.
  • At level 4 "Premium", the animals also have outdoor spouts, also organic meat is classified in this level.

The labeling can be found in the future at Aldi, Edeka, Kaufland, Lidl, Netto Marken-Discount, Penny and Rewe, it said. The system was designed to be fundamentally compatible with the planned state animal welfare labeling.