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"Certified humane". (Labeling).

* Humane Farm Animal Care, an independent nonprofit organization, has made public its "Certified Humane Raised & Handled" labeling and certification program.

The new "Certified Humane" label on food packaging will notify consumers that meat, poultry, egg or dairy products come from animals raised at facilities meeting humane standards for farm-animal treatment.

Supporters of HFAC include the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Humane Society of the United States and regional and local animal-welfare organizations.

To qualify as part of the program and to carry the label, producers and processors must:

* Offer sufficient space, shelter and company of same-species.

* Protect an animal's health through disease prevention.

* Assure good nutrition and ready access to fresh water.

* Add no growth hormones and feed animals antibiotic-free food.

* Comply with environmental standards.

* Processors must comply with American Meat Institute Standards.

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Date:Jul 1, 2003
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