Wakefern’s Animal Welfare and Care Program extends to 10 different species. We work with our vendors to ensure that our brands are sourced from suppliers who meet our animal welfare standards and promote the humane treatment of animals at all times. We require our suppliers to follow strict policies when it comes to the humane treatment of animals. Our guiding principles, standards, and audit program address animal care from housing to harvest and are based on the following five basic freedoms:
- From hunger and thirst
- From discomfort
- From pain, injury or disease
- To express most normal behaviors
- From fear and distress
All of our suppliers are also evaluated by a third-party certified animal welfare auditor to ensure that they comply with our standards and policy.