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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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Artificial light and darkness

The industry standard is to keep the lights in the chicken houses on almost continuously, and to keep the lights dim. The lack of prolonged complete darkness discourages chickens from sleeping, which means the animals continue to eat around the clock (and therefore continue to rapidly gain weight around the clock). Long periods of illumination in a chicken house are associated with increased health problems in the birds, including leg disorders. Birds that are deprived of a regular dark period also have weakened immune systems.

Artificial light and darkness: Criteria key

industry baseline

maximum of 20 hours of illumination in a 24-hour period

maximum of 18 hours of illumination in a 24-hour period

maximum of 16 hours of illumination in a 24-hour period



Artificial light and darkness: How labels stack up against criteria

CHICKEN LABELS REPORT - Criteria: Artificial light and darkness
Label Artificial light and darkness How label stacks up against criteria
Conventional

American Humane Association Certified

max. 18 hours of illumination
Animal Welfare Approved

max. 16 hours of illumination
Certified Humane

max. 18 hours of illumination
Certified Naturally Grown

Demeter Biodynamic

max. of 16 hours of illumination
Food Alliance

max. 18 hours of illumination
Free Range

GAP Step 1

max. of 18 hours of illumination
GAP Step 2

max. of 18 hours of illumination
GAP Step 3

max. of 16 hours of illumination
GAP Step 4

max. of 16 hours of illumination
GAP Step 5

max. of 16 hours of illumination
GAP Step 5+

max. of 16 hours of illumination
Natural or All Natural

No antibiotics administered

USDA Organic

Vegetarian Fed or No Animal By-Products

Humanely Raised

No growth hormones

Kosher

USDA Process Verified - Never Ever 3

USDA Process Verified - Humanely Raised (National Chicken Council Welfare Standards)

Non-GMO Project Verified


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