All our farmed fish suppliers, irrespective of geographic location, are certified to a recognised third party standard such as Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), Global Gap, Global Aquaculture Alliance Best Aquaculture Practices, RSPCA and organic certification. We ensure all staff are welfare trained. Additionally, all salmon, loch grown trout, sea bass and bream farms are assessed through our own Responsible Efficient Production Index (REP). The results of these assessments are closely monitored and, when necessary, acted upon to maintain standards.
All supply chains are committed to eradicating on-farm mutilation with procedures such as fish fin clipping forbidden, and pig tail docking only permitted with veterinary recommendation. We are committed to finding alternatives to all forms of livestock mutilation.
Production is kept as natural as possible by providing environmental and social enrichment. We use a high forage diet for ruminant species and make sure dairy cows in our free range milk pool graze for at least 183 days out of the year.
Our Senior Agriculture Manager and Aquaculture and Fisheries Managers, in conjunction with the Waitrose Farming Partnership Livestock Steering Group (WFP LSG) and the Waitrose Farming Partnership Fish Forum (WFP FF), are charged with the overall responsibility for animal welfare in our supply chain. Members of the LSG and FF are all livestock or seafood experts from Waitrose and its dedicated suppliers, and our technical team has significant animal welfare training. Courses completed by our in-house team include Bristol University’s Poultry and Animal Welfare Officer training and the University of Highlands and Islands’ course on Fish Welfare.