Free-range Poultry Paper Adds Credible Info to the Debate
CAST EVP Kent Schescke welcomed audiences at three sessions in the nation’s capital on July 18 to roll out the organization’s latest issue paper
: Impact of Free-range Poultry Production Systems on Animal Health, Human Health, Productivity, Environment, Food Safety, and Animal Welfare Issues
The events included a morning panel discussion cohosted by the Food Marketing Institute, a lunch program at the Longworth House Office Building, and an afternoon program at the Senate’s Capitol Visitor Center.
As farmers in the United States try to develop new poultry operations that meet consumer demand and continue to make sustainability strides, they often deal with confusing definitions and confounding research related to this field. Led by Task Force Cochairs Jacqueline P. Jacob and Anthony J. Pescatore, the authors of this issue paper bring attention and clarification to the topic as they assess various aspects of multiple poultry production systems.
A Feedstuffs article says
the paper shows that “while many perceive free-range poultry production systems to be more animal-welfare friendly, the research comparing the different production systems is inconclusive and often contradictory.” An analysis in AgriPulse
agreed and noted the research shows that “The safety of poultry meat and eggs is determined more by management than by whether the birds are in confined facilities or outdoors.”
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