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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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Natural v. dim light

When the lights in the chicken house are on, they are generally kept dim to keep the chickens mellow, which helps direct their energy away from physical activity and toward rapid growth. Dim light leads to inactivity, which is in turn associated with leg problems such as lameness. Dim light can also cause damage to the eye and lead to blindness.

Natural v. dim light: Criteria key

industry baseline

minimum average illumination of 10 lux

minimum average illumination of 20 lux

the chickens have access to the outdoors to access sunlight and natural daylight (see criterion "outdoor access")



Natural v. dim light: How labels stack up against criteria

CHICKEN LABELS REPORT - Criteria: Natural v. dim light
Label Natural v. dim light How label stacks up against criteria
Conventional

American Humane Association Certified

average minimum illumination of 10 lux
Animal Welfare Approved

at least 15 lux during daylight hours, birds must have outdoor access
Certified Humane

average minimum illumination of 20 lux throughout the house
Certified Naturally Grown

no minimum illumination, birds must have access to the outdoors
Demeter Biodynamic

standards require outdoor access and housing with "sufficient daylight."
Food Alliance

housing either provides natural daylight or provides outdoor access and average illumination of 20 lux
Free Range

GAP Step 1

at least 20 lux during daylight hours
GAP Step 2

at least 20 lux during daylight hours
GAP Step 3

at least 20 lux during daylight hours
GAP Step 4

at least 20 lux during daylight hours
GAP Step 5

at least 20 lux during daylight hours
GAP Step 5+

at least 20 lux during daylight hours
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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