December 6, 2016

NCC announces new resources on broiler welfare; new blog post on chicken labels

In an effort to recognize and continue to respond to questions about chicken production, the National Chicken Council today through its Chicken Check In initiative announced several new resources pertaining to broiler chicken welfare and chicken products.

The stunning of chickens – rendering the birds unconscious and insensible to pain – has been the subject of considerable research and discussion.  There is one primary method of stunning broilers prior to slaughter in the U.S. and that is “electrical stunning.”  There are also a limited number of facilities in the U.S. that utilize a system knows as “controlled atmosphere stunning.”  Dr. Karen Christensen, extension poultry specialist/ associate professor at the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, University of Arkansas, answers the most frequently asked questions and pros and cons of each system in a new FAQ posted on Chicken Check In.   Read More

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