In January 2020, Ethical Consumer searched the Aldi website and for information about the company's approach to animal testing. The company's UK website stated, "We are proud to announce that from 1 January, 2018, our entire own-label household and beauty range has been accredited as cruelty free certified by leading animal protection organisation, Cruelty Free International."
Aldi provided more information about its animal testing policy in a questionnaire it completed for Ethical Consumer in March 2019. It stated:
"1. Cosmetics and Toiletries: All of our own brand cosmetics and toiletries are free from animal testing, and are certified by Cruelty Free International with a fixed cut-off date of 11 March 2013.
2. Household Products: All of our own brand household products are free from animal testing, and are certified by Cruelty Free International with a fixed cut-off date of 01 January 2015."
While the UK part of Aldi had a clear policy not to use animal tested ingredients this did not appear to apply to its global operations, for example Aldi's US Animal Welfare Policy (dated 07/2019) stated, "Animal testing is prohibited for finished health and beauty products, detergents, and cleaners." This suggested that ingredients tested on animals were acceptable.
As a result the company received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for Animal Testing and lost a whole mark under this category.
www.aldi.co.uk/ (8 January 2020)