OUR WELFARE STATEMENT
At Natures Menu we understand that our customers care about where their chosen food is sourced and the standards of welfare implemented in the rearing of the animals we use.
Natures Menu support the 'Five Freedoms' concept endorsed by the Animal Welfare Council:
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour
- Freedom from Discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
- Freedom from pain, injury and Disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
- Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind
- Freedom from Fear and Distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
As a company, we strive to find suppliers who go above and beyond the standard regulations. These are some of the things we look out for:
The Northern Ireland Beef & Lamb Farm Quality Assurance Scheme was developed to give consumers assurances about the farm end of the production chain of their food. It is about farm quality – the quality of the production methods used, the quality of care for animals which is practiced, the quality of the farm environment, and above all the quality of concern for the customer in producing beef and lamb which is wholesome, safe and free from unnatural substances.
The Red Tractor logo confirms that our independent assessors have checked that food or drink meets our comprehensive standards, from farms to fork. Our standards cover the following: traceability, food safety & hygiene, animal welfare & environmental protection.
Freedom Food is the RSPCA’s farm assurance and food labelling scheme. It aims to improve the welfare of animals farmed for our food. Freedom Food assesses farms to the RSPCA’s strict welfare standards and if they meet every standard they can use the Freedom Food label on their product. Freedom Food allows free-range, organic, indoor and outdoor farms to join its scheme as long as the RSPCA’s welfare standards can be met. Cages for laying hens are prohibited.