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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 Certified Humane


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Certified Humane: How the label stacks up against criteria

CHICKEN LABELS REPORT - Label Detail: Certified Humane
Criteria Rating How the label stacks up against criteria
Prudent antibiotic use
subtherapeutic doses in feed are prohibited; entire flock can be treated and remain in the program
Prohibits growth hormones Yes
Prohibits animal byproducts in the diet Yes
mammalian and avian by-products are prohibited; fish, eggs and egg shells are allowed
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
Indoor enrichment
provisions must be made to keep indoor chickens active by enriching the environment
Indoor space
density must not exceed 6 lb/ft2
Air quality
ammonia levels should be less than 10 ppm and must not exceed 25 ppm except during brief periods of severe inclement weather when ventilation is affected; outdoor access is not required
Artificial light and darkness
max. 18 hours of illumination
Catching and crating
Catchers are encouraged to carry one bird at a time in an upright position, but are allowed to carry up to three birds per hand, held upside down by both legs
Transport time limit
No more than 10 hours in transport
Natural v. dim light
average minimum illumination of 20 lux throughout the house
Slaughter treatment
standards to minimize pain and stress when shackled and prior to stunning, shackling for no more than 90 seconds before stunning; birds must be checked when leaving the stunner to ensure they are adequate stunned
Slaughter line speed
the program requires "an appropriate slaughter line speed" but there is no specific standard

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