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A deep dive into chicken labels: Criteria by label

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   -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
   -USDA Process Verified - Never Ever 3
   -USDA Process Verified - Humanely Raised (National Chicken Council Welfare Standards)
   -Non-GMO Project Verified

Chicken Label Criteria for Animal Welfare Approved

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Animal Welfare Approved: How the label stacks up against criteria

CHICKEN LABELS REPORT - Label Detail: Animal Welfare Approved
Criteria Rating How the label stacks up against criteria
Prudent antibiotic use
subtherapeautic antibiotics are prohibited; antibiotics to prevent or control disease are not allowed; birds treated with antibiotics must not be slaughtered until at least twice the licensed withdrawal period has passed
Prohibits growth hormones Yes
Prohibits animal byproducts in the diet Yes
animal by-products including fishmeal is prohibited; dairy is allowed
GMOs in feed
"Wherever possible, GMOs ... must be avoided" - no prohibition
Prohibits synthetic pesticides/ fertilizers in feed production No
Prohibits synthetic amino acids No
Limit on rapid weight gain
when averaged over their entire lives, the rate of growth must not exceed 0.075 pounds per day
Outdoor access
program is pasture-based; no pasture access is allowed only in emergency situations and for no more than 28 days
Indoor enrichment
requirement for roosting areas, perches, scratch areas indoors; pasture-based, no indoor enrichment necessary
Indoor space
0.67 ft2 per bird; birds are raised on pasture and indoor space is primarily for sleeping
Air quality
action must be taken to eliminate source of ammonia when ammonia can be smelled - around 5 ppm
Artificial light and darkness
max. 16 hours of illumination
Catching and crating
birds must be carried round the body or by both legs, but there is no limit to the number of chickens per hand
Transport time limit
on-farm slaughter is encouraged; no more than 4 hours in transport, unless a slaughter facility is not available within 4 hours distance
Natural v. dim light
at least 15 lux during daylight hours, birds must have outdoor access
Slaughter treatment
on-farm slaughter is encouraged; Controlled Atmosphere Killing (CAK) is encouraged; standards to minimize pain and stress; shackling is prohibited
Slaughter line speed
the use of slaughter lines with shackles is prohibited, except when such slaughterhouses are not available.

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