Category: Poultry

“Humanely raised review”

The “humanely raised” label is not verified and on its own, is not meaningful. There are no consistent standards to ensure that the label means what it implies to consumers; for example, allowing cows to graze on pasture is not required for a “humanely raised” claim. Each company can determine…

United egg producers

The UEP Certified guidelines allow continuous confinement in crowded cages in dimly lit buildings without natural light and fresh air. Hens only have to be given enough space to stand upright, with a minimum space requirement of 8 by 8 inches for white laying hens kept in a cage. Producers…

USDA process verified

 Verified, but inconsistent in meaning The USDA Process Verified shield means that one or more of the claims made on the label have been verified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Both the claim and the standard behind the claim can be written by the company; the USDA only verifies…

“No growth-promoting antibiotics”

This claim is not meaningful. Even though it is verified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture when found on a label of Shady Brook Farms or Honeysuckle White turkey, the claim is not meaningful because pharmaceutical companies are no longer selling medically important antibiotics specifically for the purpose of promoting…

American Humane Certified

The American Humane Certified label is somewhat meaningful and verified. While the American Humane Association says its standards aim to ensure the humane treatment and improve the welfare of farm animals, the requirements fall short in meeting consumer expectations for a “humane” label in many ways. Most Americans think that…

Certified humane

The Certified Humane Raised and Handled label is meaningful and verified. The standards behind the label require improvements to the industry norm in how farm animals are raised; for example, there are requirements for clean litter in chicken houses, bedding for pigs, and environmental enrichment for chickens and pigs. However,…