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NEWS: Certified Humane® Products Now Available In All 50 States

What is Certified Humane, and why should you care?

Certified Humane is the seal of compliance bestowed by Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), the leading non-profit certification organization dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals. The program aims to improve the lives of farm animals by driving consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices.

That’s you: a consumer who is reading this!


When you see the Certified Humane Raised and Handled label on a product, you are assured that the food comes from a facility that meets precise, objective standards for farm animal treatment.


Look for the Certified Humane label. Can’t find it? Ask the meat department manager. Photo courtesy HFAC.

The dairy products, eggs, meat and poultry have been produced according to HFAC’s precise standards for humane farm animal treatment. The standards were developed by a veritable “Who’s Who” of national and international animal scientists and farm-animal welfare experts. Producer compliance with the standards is verified through annual on-site visits by third-party inspectors.

Nationally recognized as the Gold Standard for certifying animal welfare from birth through slaughter, the program is supported by more than 50 humane organizations. More than 100 U.S. companies, representing thousands of farms and millions of farm animals, are now certified. The assurances include, among other things, that:

  • The animals have ample space, shelter and gentle handling to limit stress.
  • Animals receive fresh water and a healthy diet of quality feed, without added antibiotics or hormones.
  • Animals are free to behave naturally; for example, chickens are able to flap their wings and dust bathe, and pigs have the space to move around and root. Cages, crates and tie stalls are among the forbidden.
  • Producers must comply with the American Meat Institute Standards (AMI), a higher standard for slaughtering farm animals than the federal Humane Slaughter Act.

    Happy sows, happy piglets on a Certified
    Humane farm in Missouri. Photo courtesy


    With the addition of Alaska this year, Certified Humane products are now available in all 50 states. Certified Humane products are available for sale 9 out of the top 10 grocery retailers, in more than 10,000 locations nationwide. Products are also available in Canada and for online purchase.

    To locate the nearest products, simply download the Certified Humane App from the Apple Store for iPhone, or from Google Play for Android.

    Accessing from any mobile device will instantly pull up a “Where to Buy” button, made for quick access to nearby products. From a computer, visit the Where to Buy page of the website.

    Both the app and the website lead you to a list of 42 companies that ship Certified Humane products to your door.

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