The pig industry in Scotland and the Scottish SPCA, Scotland’s animal welfare charity, welcomed a commitment from Aldi to support the industry’s pioneering welfare label.
Shoppers visiting Aldi, which has 46 stores located throughout Scotland, will from July 22nd see “Specially Selected Pork Approved by the Scottish SPCA” labels on all Scottish-origin fresh pork packs on the retailer’s shelves.
The announcement follows on-going discussions between representatives from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), Aldi and Ayrshire-based Lynch Meats, most recently at the Royal Highland Show.
The Specially Selected Pork label approved by the Scottish SPCA was launched to highlight the high welfare standard of pigs on Scottish farms. Pig farms throughout Scotland are visited by Scottish SPCA inspectors as part of the ground-breaking initiative behind the label. The initiative was the UK's first farm assurance and food labeling scheme independently approved by a national animal welfare charity.
Participation is voluntary and around 98% of total Scottish pig production has now been inspected by the Scottish SPCA. The integrity of the scheme is founded on the fact that the Scottish SPCA receives no income, either directly or through any subsidiary, from the inspections. As a result consumers can have complete confidence in the impartiality and independence of the inspection process.
Source: Quality Meat Scotland