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Certified Humane Farm Animal Care

December 11, 2019

Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) is the leading non-profit certification organization dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals in food production from birth through slaughter.

The goal of the program is to improve the lives of farm animals by driving consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices.

When you see the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label on a product you can be assured that the food products have come from facilities that meet precise, objective standards for farm animal treatment.

The Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label assures consumers that:

  • The producer meets our Animal Care Standards and applies them to farm animals, from birth through slaughter.
  • Animals are never kept in cages, crates, or tie stalls. Animals must be free to do what comes naturally. For example, chickens must be able to flap their wings and dust bathe, and pigs must have space to move around and root.
  • Animals must be fed a diet of quality feed, without animal by-products, antibiotics or growth hormones.
  • Producers must comply with food safety and environmental regulations. Processors must comply with the American Meat Institute Standards (AMI), a slaughter standard written by Dr. Temple Grandin, a member of HFAC’s Scientific Committee.



The benefit for consumers is that they can buy with confidence.  The meat, poultry, egg and dairy products come from animals who have not received unnecessary antibiotics (one of the main reasons for antibiotic resistance in people) and the animals are not overcrowded in confinement systems, so it is better for the animals, the environment and the farmers who receive a fair price for their efforts.

Learn more about Certified Humane HERE.

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