Italian supermarket chain Aldi is trying to explain why it is no longer stocking items with the word “meat”.
“The whole idea of ‘meat’ in the name is not our intention.
It’s an extension of the ‘animal product’ tag,” a statement from the company said.
“Our Italian customers are always looking for something that is not meat,” the statement continued.
“It’s not possible to put ‘meat’, or ‘animal products’, on the packaging, or to say ‘you can’t buy meat’.”
The statement comes amid a controversy over whether Aldi sells food that contains ingredients made from animals that are not living creatures.
The Italian supermarket group, which is owned by Italy’s largest supermarket chain, Aldi, has been criticized for selling products that contain animal products including lamb and cheese.
The chain has been the target of protests from animal rights groups, including the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
In March, the company issued a statement saying it “does not knowingly or intentionally conceal the source of ingredients” on its products.
“We have always been very transparent about the sourcing of our products, and it is not possible for us to conceal that fact,” the company added.