Food Label Guide: Chicken

We eat a lot of chicken in this country, and with each chicken (or chicken part) we buy, we have the opportunity to select chicken raised with consideration for the health and well-being of the farmers, workers, animals and the environment. Use our label guide to find meaningful and verifiable labels that you can easily understand.

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Our Top Picks

These labels are the most meaningful, with verifiable and more comprehensive standards.

Labels Lacking Clear Standards

The terms below lack clear standards, verification processes or independent oversight, allowing farm conditions to vary widely across producers.

  • “Free Range”
  • “Cage Free”
  • “Natural”
  • “Pasture-raised”
  • “Vegetarian Fed”
  • “Humane”/”Humanely-raised”
  • “No Antibiotics”

Other Labels to Look For

These labels are not as comprehensive as our top picks.