US to introduce 'humane farming' labels
"Free Farmed" on meat and dairy products to attest that they meet
new voluntary standards...
The US government is allowing farmers to display the new seal, "Free Farmed" on meat and dairy products to attest that they meet new voluntary standards for the treatment of cattle and chickens. To qualify for the ``Free Farmed'' seal, farms would have to eliminate cages for laying hens and stop using forced molting, a common practice that involves the withdrawal of food and water to increase egg production. Dairy cattle would have to have access to pastures. The American Humane Association developed the standards and set up a new organisation, Farm Animal Services, to inspect farms that want to use the label. The Agriculture Department is to monitor the inspection process.