Certified Humane – What Does It Mean on a Label?

Certified Humane, overseen by Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), is an international non-profit certification. HFAC is dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals in food production from the time of birth, slaughter, packaging and shipment. The main goal of this program is to improve the lives of farm animals by driving consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices.

Due to the rising number of videos on YouTube showing the inhumane way animals have been raised, fed, transported and slaughtered has raised awareness to put these practices into place. Many whistleblowers have come forward to create drastic changes in some of the nation’s largest food producers. Certified products have come from facilities that meet precise, objective standards for farm animal treatment. You can find Certified Humane products in Brazil, Canada, Peru and the U.S.

The Certified Humane Raised and Handled label assure consumers of the following:

  • That the producer meets HFAC standards and applies them to animals from birth through slaughter.
  • Cages, crates, and tie stalls are not used. Animals must be free to do what comes naturally. For example, chickens can flap their wings and dust bathe, and pigs have the space to move around and root.
  • A diet of quality feed, without animal by-products, antibiotics or growth hormones must be provided.
  • Producers must comply with food safety and environmental regulations. Processors must comply with the American Meat Institute Standards (AMI).

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