Category: Poultry

Global Animal Partnership Step 4

The Global Animal Partnership (GAP) certification program is comprised of a series of step levels, each corresponding to a set of animal welfare standards. The rigor of the standards increases with higher step levels. The Step 4 label for chickens and pigs means the animals live in an enriched outdoor…

Global Animal Partnership Step 3

The Global Animal Partnership (GAP) certification program is comprised of a series of step levels, each corresponding to a set of animal welfare standards. The rigor of the standards increases with higher step levels. The Step 3 label means that the animals were raised on farms with improved living conditions…

“Raised Without Antibiotics”

The “raised without antibiotics” claim on meat and poultry means that the animals were not given antibiotics in their feed, water or by injection. Choosing meat and poultry that is raised without antibiotics is an important step in helping address the public health crisis of antibiotic resistance. The U.S. Department of…

Take action to defend organic standards!

Send a message to the USDA today to support the organic animal welfare rule Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized a new rule requiring humane conditions for animals raised on certified organic farms. Now the USDA is proposing to withdraw this new rule entirely. Last year, the U.S….

Routine Drug Use in Livestock and Poultry Production

What Consumers Should Know The development of bacteria that can resist antibiotics is now a public health crisis. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every year antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause more than two million infections, killing at least 23,000 people. The problem is not limited to…

Antibiotic use in organic chicken hatcheries

Closing the loophole for a strong organic label Improving the Organic Label Prohibiting Antibiotics in Hatcheries If you look for the “organic” label to ensure you are buying chicken that was never treated with antibiotics, you may be surprised to learn that the organic regulations contain a loophole. Federal organic…

“Vegetarian Fed”

The labeling claim “vegetarian fed” means that the animals used to produce the meat, dairy, or eggs were fed a vegetarian diet with no animal products. In the absence of such a label, the Food and Drug Administration allows livestock feed to include slaughterhouse by-products, processed litter from the floor…

“Humanely Raised”

What it means The claim suggests that animals used to produce the meat, poultry, dairy, or eggs were treated humanely from birth to slaughter, on farms that provide decent living conditions that meet the animals’ needs (e.g., cows are allowed to graze and not confined to a feedlot). However, the…