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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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Transport time limit

Once they are packed in crates and loaded on the truck, no federal law or regulations exist to protect the birds while in transit. An estimated 45 million birds die in transport every year.

Transport time limit: Criteria key

industry baseline

transportation time is limited to between 9 and 12 hours; birds must be protected from the elements and extreme temperatures

transportation time limit between 5 and 8 hours; birds must be protected from the elements and extreme temperatures

transportation time does not exceed 4 hours; on-farm slaughter is encouraged to avoid transport



Transport time limit: How labels stack up against criteria

CHICKEN LABELS REPORT - Criteria: Transport time limit
Label Transport time limit How label stacks up against criteria
Conventional

American Humane Association Certified

No more than 12 hours in transport
Animal Welfare Approved

on-farm slaughter is encouraged; no more than 4 hours in transport, unless a slaughter facility is not available within 4 hours distance
Certified Humane

No more than 10 hours in transport
Certified Naturally Grown

Demeter Biodynamic

transport distances should be minimized by slaughtering animals locally
Food Alliance

producers are encouraged to limit duration to less than 10 hours but this is not a requirement
Free Range

GAP Step 1

duration must not exceed 8 hours
GAP Step 2

duration must not exceed 8 hours
GAP Step 3

duration must not exceed 8 hours
GAP Step 4

duration must not exceed 4 hours
GAP Step 5

duration must not exceed 4 hours
GAP Step 5+

duration must not exceed 2 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)

Total transport and holding times cannot exceed 15 hours
Non-GMO Project Verified


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