Certified Humane® Label Awarded to Wilcox Family Farms
The Certified Humane Raised and Handled label assures consumers that a meat, poultry, egg or dairy product has been produced according to Humane Farm Animal Care’s (HFAC) precise standards for humane farm animal treatment. Animals must receive a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones and must be raised with shelter, resting areas and space sufficient to support natural behavior. Since HFAC’s program was unveiled in May 2003, more than 60 companies have been certified.
Wilcox Family Farms is a fourth-generation, family business that produces fresh egg products for distribution in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Canada. It processes 150,000 pounds of liquid eggs per week at its own plant for bakeries and food-service operations.
The company also processes its own feed at a mill in Roy, Wash., near Tacoma, where it raises cage-free and organic Leghorn and Hybrid Rhode Island Red hens and pullets. For more information, visit www.wilcoxfarms.com.
“The addition of Wilcox Family Farms to our program will increase consumer awareness of the Certified Humane label in the Northwestern states and Canada,” said HFAC founder and executive director, Adele Douglass.
HFAC’s Animal Care Standards were developed by a veritable “Who’s Who” of national and international animal scientists and farm-animal welfare experts. Producer compliance with the HFAC standards is verified through annual on-site visits by HFAC’s third-party inspectors.
HFAC is a national nonprofit organization supported by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), regional and local animal protection organizations, foundations and individuals. More information is available at HFAC’s website, www.certifiedhumane.org
News from Humane Farm Animal Care
P.O. Box 727, Herndon, Virginia (703) 435-3883
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michele Wells, Humane Farm Animal Care (303) 417-0696
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