Is the label verified?

Yes

Is the meaning of the label consistent?

No

Are the label standards publicly available?

Partially

Is information about the organization publicly available?

No

Is the organization free from conflict of interest?

Partially

Was the label developed with broad public and industry input?

No

This label can be found onEggs

ORGANIZATION: United Egg Producers

url: http://uepcertified.com

LABEL STANDARDShttp://uepcertified.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/2016-UEP-Animal-Welfare-Guidelines-2016-Cage-Free-Edit-002.pdf

 

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What this label means

The United Egg Producers (UEP) Certified label means that the producers met most of the requirements in a set of standards developed by the United Egg Producers, a cooperative trade group for egg producers.

The group writes that the UEP Certified program “was developed as an animal welfare program to improve the well-being of egg-laying hens and to meet the expectations of our customers.”

However, the UEP Certified guidelines allow continuous confinement in crowded cages in dimly lit buildings without natural light and fresh air.

Hens only have to be given enough space to stand upright, with a minimum space requirement of slightly over 8 by 8 inches for white laying hens kept in a cage. Producers do not have to allow the hens to move freely, perch, dust bathe, or forage, and nest boxes are not required for caged hens. 

According to the United Egg Producers, approximately 76% of all eggs produced in the United States are produced under UEP Certified guidelines.

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A closer look at the standards for laying hens

Cages
Indoor space per bird
Clean litter
Perches
Indoor air / Ammonia levels

Lighting
Indoor environmental enrichment
Outdoor access
Beak trimming

 

A closer look at the standards for: 

Antibiotic use
Drugs for growth promotion
Animal by-products in feed
GMOs in feed

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How meaningful is this label? 

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Is the label verified?
Is the meaning of the label consistent?
Are the label standards publicly available?
Is information about the organization publicly available?
Is the organization free from conflict of interest?
Was the label developed with broad public and industry input?