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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
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Chicken Label Criteria for Demeter Biodynamic


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Demeter Biodynamic: How the label stacks up against criteria

CHICKEN LABELS REPORT - Label Detail: Demeter Biodynamic
Criteria Rating How the label stacks up against criteria
Prudent antibiotic use
any animal treated with antibiotics must be removed from the flock and cannot be sold as certified biodynamic
Prohibits growth hormones Yes
Prohibits animal byproducts in the diet Yes
GMOs in feed
Prohibits synthetic pesticides/ fertilizers in feed production Yes
Prohibits synthetic amino acids Yes
Limit on rapid weight gain
minimum age at slaughter is 81 days
Outdoor access
each bird must have at least 1 m2 per kg of body weight of outdoor space, which is roughly 24 ft2 per 5-pound bird.
Indoor enrichment
pasture-based, no indoor enrichment necessary
Indoor space
Housing must allow animals to move freely; no more than 3000 chickens per house; chickens are raised on pasture or with access to large open air run, and indoor space is primarily for sleeping.
Air quality
poultry must be protected from harmful gasses such as ammonia; must have outdoor access; no more than 3000 birds per house, but there is no quantitative standard
Artificial light and darkness
max. of 16 hours of illumination
Catching and crating
no clear standards for catching and crating; animals must be "handled in a way that reduces fear and stress"
Transport time limit
transport distances should be minimized by slaughtering animals locally
Natural v. dim light
standards require outdoor access and housing with "sufficient daylight."
Slaughter treatment
animals must be "handled in a way that reduces fear and stress"; animals must be effectively stunned
Slaughter line speed
animals must be "handled in a way that reduces fear and stress" but there is no specific limit on slaughter line speed

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