Grocery shopping these days is not easy. Back in the good ole’ days finding fresh beef, chicken and pork was easy since it all came from your local butcher. Today, grocery stores offer an array of choices. Hormone Free. Antibiotic Free. No Preservatives added. USDA Organic, and the list goes on. Personally, I was not sure which label was the best choice for my family and I, so I did a little research and discovered the meaning of each of the most common chicken labels.
For this post I only focused on poultry; since its one of our favorites! I’ll save old Bessy the cow and her other farm friends for another post. Let’s get on with it!
This label is pretty much a waste of time, but it’s worth mentioning since the FDA has not allowed poultry to be injected with hormones since the late 1950’s, but hey whose listening? Well, the marketing departments certainly are, and they are doing a great job in sales! Essentially, if you are trying to avoid chicken with added hormones, there’s no reason to spend more money for chicken marketed as hormone free.
No Preservatives added
No Preservatives means that the chicken didn’t have any compounds added to lengthen its shelf life.
Simply put: Chicken was raised in it’s natural environment! What a novel idea?!?! These chickens live(d) in Club-Med compared to their mass-produced cousins. Chickens are free to roam in and out of their coop as often as they would like.
USDA Organic Chicken
Chickens with this label meet the highest of standards. They must be free-range, be fed Non-GMO, Non-pesticide in feed and zero chemical fertilizers in feed. Yes, these chickens are organic from the inside out!
No Antibiotics Ever!
Need we say more? This label should always be read as is. Make sure there is no other tricky wording such as; no antibiotics added or raised without antibiotics. *The added wording means the chicken received antibiotics at one time or another. The fewer antibiotics the better. We have enough Super Bugs!