Sunday, January 23, 2011

Good for You, Perdue!

After my walk this morning, I brought in the typically thick Sunday Miami Herald wrapped in a bag with a Perdue Chicken ad blazed across it. Here is what the ad said:

Perdue - the First Chicken Company with USDA Process Verified Programs

All Vegetarian Diet

No Animal By-Products

Raised Cage Free

Tenderness Guaranteed

Products participating in the USDA Process Verified Program contain the USDA PVP seal on individual packaging.

No Hormones or Steroids Added

The last statement about hormones or steroids has a footnote: "Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones or steroids in poultry" - a good reason to stay away from other meat I would think, assuming that the chicken farmer complies with the regs. The point is that Perdue participates in a program that is supposed to verify compliance.

Here isthe USDA webpage that describes its verification program. If you go to the pdf link on that page, you will find a list of farms in compliance, and Perdue farms are on the list.

Inside the Herald, there is a coupon for 75 cents off a package of "Perdue USDA Process Verified Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast." More from the Perdue website here.

Here's a question: Does all Perdue chicken comply or just Perdue chicken with the seal on the package? (I sent an email to the company this morning, asking that question.)

UPDATE: I heard back from the company. The answer I received was not exactly to the point. It said that Perdue products with the "verified process" label had the characteristics noted above. It did not say whether all Perdue products had those characteristics. I infer that not all do, therefore. So look for the label, if you are into this.

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