Cheale Meats are a member of the RSPCA Freedom Foods assurance scheme which is an initiative developed by the RSPCA to monitor and improve farm animal welfare. It is the only assurance scheme in UK and in order to be a member you need to meet their high standards of welfare. Cheale Meats are proud to be a member as we take animal welfare very seriously.
The Freedom Foods assurance scheme covers every aspect of the animals’ lives including:
- feed and water provision
- the environment they live in
- how they are managed
- health care
- humane slaughter
The standards are designed to ensure that all animals reared according to the requirements have everything they need for a better quality of life, whether they are kept on large or small farms, or in indoor or outdoor production systems.
The standards are set at the limit of what is achievable, in terms of animal husbandry and commercial viability, and aim to deliver improved animal welfare above and beyond ‘standard’ or typical UK production.
The standards are applied through the higher welfare food labelling and farm assurance scheme, Freedom Food, as well as being used by a variety of other bodies and individuals in the UK and beyond. The RSPCA welfare standards have had a significant influence on the animal production standards set by many major retailers for their suppliers, and on various assurance schemes in the UK and overseas. In some instances, the standards have also been used by UK and overseas governments and governmental bodies to inform legislation and associated guidance/recommendations.
To read more about the RSPCA Freedom Foods please see here: https://www.berspcaassured.org.uk/about-us/what-is-freedom-food/