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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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GMOs in feed

90% of corn and 93% of soybeans grown in the United States in 2013 are genetically engineered, and most of it is destined for animal feed. The adoption of genetically engineered crop varieties has increased the use of herbicides in US agriculture, and has led to the development of "superweeds" that require more toxic herbicides to control. Genetically engineered crops are not required to be independently tested for safety before they can be grown commercially for human food and animal feed.

GMOs in feed: Criteria key

industry baseline

Producers must avoid ingredients derived from genetically engineered crops in feed but the standards do not specifically prohibit them.

Chicken feed must be produced without the use of GMOs but there is no testing requirement to ensure contamination has not occurred.

Ingredients derived from genetically engineered crops are prohibited in chicken feed; either feed must be certified grown without GMO seed or feed must be tested to ensure less than 0.9% contamination.



GMOs in feed: How labels stack up against criteria

CHICKEN LABELS REPORT - Criteria: GMOs in feed
Label GMOs in feed How label stacks up against criteria
Conventional

American Humane Association Certified

Animal Welfare Approved

"Wherever possible, GMOs ... must be avoided" - no prohibition
Certified Humane

Certified Naturally Grown

Demeter Biodynamic

Food Alliance

producers are encouraged to use only feed that is sustainably raised, Food Alliance certified or sustainable/organic certified but it is not a requirement; organic and FA certification prohibits GMO seed
Free Range

GAP Step 1

GAP Step 2

GAP Step 3

GAP Step 4

GAP Step 5

GAP Step 5+

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

feed must be tested and contain less than 0.9% GMO contamination

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