DENVER, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Humane Association announced today that two-thirds of all cage-free eggs produced in the U.S. now come from farms and producers that have earned the American Humane® Certified™ label — a symbol of the nation's premier animal welfare certification program.
During the past several months, American Humane Certified has audited and certified 10 cage-free egg producers, bringing the total number of cage-free egg farms in the program to more than 500. American Humane Certified is the nation's first science-based animal welfare program dedicated to the humane care and handling of farm animals. "The increase in certified cage-free egg producers indicates a growing consumer demand for humane choices," said Tim Amlaw, director of American Humane Certified.
American Humane Certified is the leader in third-party independent certification of cage-free operations. Recently certified cage-free egg producers include:
Oakdell Egg Farms – Utah
Burnbrae Farms – Canada
Iowa Cage Free Eggs – Iowa
Rose Acre Farms – Indiana
Cal-Maine – North Carolina, Florida, Arkansas and Texas
Dixie Egg – Florida
Risser's Poultry – Pennsylvania
Nature Pure – Ohio
Pecks Feeds – Wisconsin
Valley Fresh Foods – California
As the fastest-growing third-party, independent animal welfare label program in the U.S., American Humane has certified producers raising more than 60 million farm animals.
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About American Humane® Certified
American Humane Certified is the United States' first animal welfare program dedicated to the humane treatment of farm animals. It is the fastest-growing independent animal welfare label program in the U.S. American Humane has certified producers representing more than 60 million farm animals through American Humane's science-based program. Contracted third-party auditors are rigorously trained in American Humane Certified species-specific standards. As consumers and retailers are increasingly concerned about how food is raised, producers are seeking independent verification for the marketplace. American Humane Certified believes animal welfare should not only be good for animals, but also economically viable and feasible for producers. American Humane Certified works with agriculture to educate and motivate producers and demonstrate the economic and social benefits of animal welfare. American Humane Certified works closely with its independent Scientific Advisory Committee, industry professionals and producers to ensure that industry advancements and best practices are part of American Humane certification standards. Based on American Humane's 131-year legacy of being the gold standard for humane behavior, consumers trust the American Humane Certified label. Learn more at www.thehumanetouch.org.
SOURCE American Humane Association