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A deep dive into chicken labels: Criteria

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   -Prudent antibiotic use
   -Prohibits growth hormones
   -Prohibits animal byproducts in the diet
   -GMOs in feed
   -Prohibits synthetic pesticides/ fertilizers in feed production
   -Prohibits synthetic amino acids
   -Limit on rapid weight gain
   -Outdoor access
   -Indoor enrichment
   -Indoor space
   -Air quality
   -Artificial light and darkness
   -Catching and crating
   -Transport time limit
   -Natural v. dim light
   -Slaughter treatment
   -Slaughter line speed
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Prohibits synthetic amino acids

Chickens are naturally omnivorous, and insects, worms, and even small animals are a part of their natural diet. When chickens are confined indoors and given a vegetarian diet, they require additional amino acids (the building blocks of protein) for proper growth. Rather than achieving adequate levels of amino acids in the chicken's diet by allowing outdoor access -- where the chicken can forage for insects and worms -- and/or supplementing with natural sources of amino acids, chicken feed producers routinely add synthetic amino acids to the feed.



Prohibits synthetic amino acids: How labels stack up against criteria

CHICKEN LABELS REPORT - Criteria: Prohibits synthetic amino acids
Label Prohibits synthetic amino acids How label stacks up against criteria
Conventional
No
American Humane Association Certified
No
Animal Welfare Approved
No
Certified Humane
No
Certified Naturally Grown
No
Demeter Biodynamic
Yes
Food Alliance
No
Free Range
No
GAP Step 1
No
GAP Step 2
No
GAP Step 3
No
GAP Step 4
No
GAP Step 5
No
GAP Step 5+
No
Natural or All Natural
No
No antibiotics administered
No
USDA Organic
No
Vegetarian Fed or No Animal By-Products
No
Humanely Raised
No
No growth hormones
No
Kosher
No
USDA Process Verified - Never Ever 3
No
USDA Process Verified - Humanely Raised (National Chicken Council Welfare Standards)
No
Non-GMO Project Verified
No

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