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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
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Chicken Label Criteria for Food Alliance



Food Alliance: How the label stacks up against criteria

CHICKEN LABELS REPORT - Label Detail: Food Alliance
Criteria Rating How the label stacks up against criteria
Prudent antibiotic use
nontherapeutic doses in feed are prohibited; birds that are treated must wait two weeks before allowed to be sold as Food Alliance certified
Prohibits growth hormones Yes
Prohibits animal byproducts in the diet Yes
no mammalian or avian derived protein with the exception of milk and milk products
GMOs in feed
producers are encouraged to use only feed that is sustainably raised, Food Alliance certified or sustainable/organic certified but it is not a requirement; organic and FA certification prohibits GMO seed
Prohibits synthetic pesticides/ fertilizers in feed production No
producers are encouraged to use only feed that is sustainably raised, Food Alliance certified or sustainable/organic certified but it is not a requirement
Prohibits synthetic amino acids No
Limit on rapid weight gain
Outdoor access
outdoor access is not required
Indoor enrichment
when there is no outdoor access, housing facilities must provide environmental enhancement to reduce aggression
Indoor space
Density does not exceed 5.25 lb/ft2
Air quality
ammonia should be below 15 ppm and may not exceed 25 ppm except for short periods of time
Artificial light and darkness
max. 18 hours of illumination
Catching and crating
producers are encouraged to carry birds upright or use a catching machine, but there are no requirements for catching and crating
Transport time limit
producers are encouraged to limit duration to less than 10 hours but this is not a requirement
Natural v. dim light
housing either provides natural daylight or provides outdoor access and average illumination of 20 lux
Slaughter treatment
there are no slaughter standards
Slaughter line speed
there are no slaughter standards

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