A Red Tractor spokesperson said: “We were shocked by the footage filmed at Willerby Wold Piggeries. Based on evidence from our own investigation, and the undercover footage, this farm’s membership of our scheme has been terminated.”
Willerby Wold Piggeries, which houses up to 7,000 pigs at once, received nearly £300,000 in subsidy payments under the EU Common Agricultural Policy from October 2019 to October 2020, government figures show.
Peter Andrews, of the British Retail Consortium, also speaking for Aldi, said: “Our members take their responsibilities to animal welfare very seriously and are appalled by the uncovered footage. This will be investigated, and swift action will be taken against any breaches to the high animal welfare standards our members uphold.”
On the chicken welfare campaign, a Morrisons spokesperson said all the chain’s regular chicken is raised to above Red Tractor standards, adding: “We also actively monitor for any malpractice in our supply chain; we will never tolerate it or look the other way.”