Costco has officially approved the SPCA Certified program for use as an animal welfare certification on food products sold throughout their stores, which, as the market for ethically raised food products keeps growing, is a giant step forward for consumers who want to purchase SPCA Certified products.
The Costco announcement, which coincides with Walmart also announcing its support for farm animal welfare, finalizes a year-long approval process, during which Costco representatives thoroughly reviewed SPCA Certified program policies and accompanied a program validator during on-farm assessments.
“What this means for the program is we now have a retail giant standing behind our animal welfare standards and our certification processes,” says Brandy Street, SPCA Certified program manager.
In the past, only SPCA Certified eggs have been sold through Costco, but certified farmers hadn’t been receiving any recognition due to Costco’s rules around labelling and the pending approval.
“Now any SPCA Certified food products sold through Costco can bear our red barn label,” says Street. “Our farmers will receive recognition for their dedication to animal welfare practices on farm, and this will allow consumers to choose humanely raised products for their families.”
The SPCA Certified program is an independent, third-party animal welfare certification system and food labelling program dedicated to improving farm animal welfare in Canada.