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A deep dive into chicken labels: Criteria by label

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REPORT BY LABEL
   -Conventional
   -American Humane Association Certified

   -Animal Welfare Approved
   -Certified Humane
   -Certified Naturally Grown
   -Demeter Biodynamic
   -Food Alliance
   -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
REPORT BY CRITERIA
FULL REPORT: ALL CRITERIA AND LABELS

Chicken Label Criteria for American Humane Association Certified


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American Humane Association Certified: How the label stacks up against criteria

CHICKEN LABELS REPORT - Label Detail: American Humane Association Certified
Criteria Rating How the label stacks up against criteria
Prudent antibiotic use
subtherapeutic doses in feed are prohibited; antibiotics can be used for prevention of disease; entire flock can be treated and remain in the program
Prohibits growth hormones Yes
Prohibits animal byproducts in the diet No
GMOs in feed
Prohibits synthetic pesticides/ fertilizers in feed production No
Prohibits synthetic amino acids No
Limit on rapid weight gain
Outdoor access
No outdoor access requirement [H page 63 of entire document]
Indoor enrichment
producers are encouraged but not required to provide additional enrichment
Indoor space
density must be at least 7 lb/ft2
Air quality
ammonia levels should be less than 10 ppm and must not exceed 25 ppm
Artificial light and darkness
max. 18 hours of illumination
Catching and crating
Up to three birds per hand, held upside down by both legs, or by the body for no more than 20 seconds
Transport time limit
No more than 12 hours in transport
Natural v. dim light
average minimum illumination of 10 lux
Slaughter treatment
Standards focus on worker training; standards to minimize pain and stress when shackled and prior to stunning, shackling for no more than 90 seconds before stunning.
Slaughter line speed
no limit on slaughter line speed; an Animal Welfare Officer must occasionally check birds leaving the stunner to ensure they are adequately stunned

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