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Joan O'Neill says ...
Thank you!!! I've just read an article in the PETA magazine regarding your switch from standard & extremely cruel method of chicken slaughter to controlled-astmosphere killing (CAK). I thank you for taking this revolutionary step & I hope other chicken suppliers in the US will follow your good example. Thanks again Joan
06/25/2011 11:15:21 AM CDT
Jean says ...
I was wondering if your chickens are fed GMO Monsanto corn? Or if even is the corn organic corn? Thanks for your answer.
10/29/2011 7:08:08 AM CDT
Laura Rose says ...
B&E's customer service agents tell customers that the company's frozen entrees and snacks are made w/ chicken which has been fed only all-vegetable feed. For those of us who are trying to avoid the danger of prion diseases propagated when animals which do not normally eat each other are fed the parts of other animals, whether or not the feed contains, for instance, animal fat is important. THERE IS NOTHING ON THE BOXES OF THESE PRODUCTS WHICH MAKES THE ALL-VEGETABLE FEED CLAIM. The difference between what is claimed orally and what is printed on the boxes has gone on for years. Why should we not conclude that the company is giving it customer service dept. misinformation in order to mislead customers? If they are proud of their all-vegetable fed birds, why don't they feel free to say so on the printed boxes? Does B&E actually get the chicken for the frozen products from the same sources as the chicken it markets fresh? Is the feed of the growers of chicken for the frozen products monitored at all or are the chickens only tested after slaughter for antibiotic residue? Meanwhile, B&E's CEO, Scott Sechler, appears on YouTube endorsing the Nuwave Oven, saying, "The NuWave Oven is the oven of choice at Bell & Evans". What does that even mean? Bell & Evans doesn't cook its products in tiny home kitchen ovens. Can this company be trusted?
10/26/2011 5:52:39 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Jean Our organic chickens are fed organic grain which are all non-GMO. We source non-GMO where possible for our non-organic chickens (antibiotic free, vegetarian diet), but cannot guarantee the grain for the non-organic chickens is non-GMO. Thank you.
11/02/2011 4:11:45 PM CDT
Megan says ...
@Kieryn According to their website, chickens are raised at partner farms within 3 hours' distance of the processing plant.
04/24/2012 10:46:59 AM CDT
Kieryn says ...
Is the Bell & Evans plant in Fredericksburg a processing plant alone or are chickens raised there as well? Thank you.
04/23/2012 11:41:12 PM CDT
Cndy says ...
I have been looking for soy free chicken and was told by Whole Foods that Bell & Evans does not use soy feed and is soy free. It seems this is not true. Do you have any Bell & Evans that is not feed soy?
10/31/2012 1:25:29 PM CDT
Megan says ...
@CNDY According to previous comments from the company, Bell & Evans chickens are fed a vegetarian mix that may contain soy. I would suggest checking with your local store's meat counter to see what the other chickens they sell are fed, as the selection can vary from store to store.
11/01/2012 9:42:27 AM CDT
ty says ...
Please just confirm for myself and my wife that your organic, free roaming, stress free, and vegetable fed turkeys are gluten free so I can continue living stress free. We are having my son and his wife who has a severe gluten allergy that your turkey is gluten free. Can't find anything on your site that states that. HELP!
11/19/2012 5:32:27 PM CST
Donna Whitesel says ...
I love your boneless skinless chicken breasts! They taste so "chickeny" and are great sliced over penne pasta. Thanks for the quality.
12/10/2012 7:48:37 PM CST
Cody says ...
My wife recently purchased the chicken breast tenders for our 2 year old son. I was extremely disappointed to see you guys are frying your tenders in non organic soybean oil. From what I read if its not organic soybean oil one can bet 100% of the time its GMO. So Please enlighten us to why you all would go through the trouble to avoid feeding GMO's to your chickens then fry them in GMO soybean oil before sending it off for public consumption? I will not be purchasing your product again until its GMO free. pls advise
12/15/2012 5:48:13 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CODY - Thanks for your comment. It was unclear if you were mentioning if this was happening in a demo at one of our stores or if you were inquiring about the vendor themselves? I did see on the ingredient list that it mentioned flash frying. Unfortunately, we cannot speak to the fact if the soybean oil is non-GMO in the product but I would encourage you to reach out to Bell and Evans directly at http://www.bellandevans.com/content/customer-service. I'm sure they'd be happy to help answer this!
12/17/2012 3:14:54 PM CST
Julie Zenobi says ...
I noticed today in super market when they had place prepacked bell evens chicken breasts out it did not say organic on it. I guess that means they are not organic I was under the impression all your chickens are . Are they fead Gmo free food and are they chemical free.
02/06/2013 1:23:36 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JULIE - Sorry for the confusion. All of the meat sold in our stores will not have antibiotics or any added hormones. I did check and Bell and Evans does make an organic option, which will be labeled on the package. Due to the prevalence of the GMOs in the commodity grain market and the limited availability of verified non-GMO feed, we cannot require the use of only non- GMO feed for animal products (including meat, dairy and farmed fish) sold in our stores. We encourage shoppers who are looking to avoid products from animals fed GMOs to choose organic meat and dairy products (since organic standards prohibit the intentional use of GMOs),
02/06/2013 4:10:11 PM CST
Lisa says ...
I love Bell and Evans and so do my kids. Unfortunately I just saw on their own new packaging that they feed their chickens soy and corn. I have to assume they are GMO corn and GMO soy. I don't want the chickens I eat to be vegetarians an esp. not con, soy and GMO! They should each bugs and worms. I have to now find another source of healthy chickens. I am very sad.
02/10/2013 1:29:33 PM CST
dawn says ...
is the soy and canola gmo or not?
03/24/2013 8:27:01 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DAWN - I cannot speak on behalf of the vendor but I did find that they offer organic options on their website (http://www.bellandevans.com/content/certified-organic). Products that are labeled as organic are regulated by the USDA's National Organics Program and do not contain GMOs.
03/25/2013 4:51:30 PM CDT
Helena says ...
I was really excited to find this product but they need to get it in more stores. I cant find the frozen products anywhere around here where I live. This is a common issue I have with great products I've found.... get it out there please!!!
04/14/2013 12:24:53 PM CDT
Julia says ...
I have a question regarding the processing of the chickens once slaughtered. I just read an article stating that the FDA has approved increased chemicals in the processing and cleansing of chickens. They are basically soaking them in chemical cleansers that cause illness in workers in order to kill the bacteria. How does an organic farmer process the chickens?
04/26/2013 8:54:25 PM CDT
LF says ...
Not only do we want chicken without antibiotics, but we want chicken not fed GMO Feed. That means no GE Corn or Soy in the feed. How do get proof of that?
05/01/2013 11:30:14 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LF - Due to the prevalence of the GMOs in the commodity grain market, and the limited availability of verified non-GMO feed, we cannot require the use of only non- GMO feed for animal products (including meat, dairy and farmed fish) sold in our stores. We encourage shoppers who are looking to avoid products from animals fed GMOs to choose organic meat and dairy products. If you are looking for Bell and Evans products specifically, check out their line of organic options!
05/02/2013 4:23:11 PM CDT
Louis S. Lunardini says ...
We bought BE chicken at A&S market in Fairfield, Connecticut. Since retiring to S.C., we have missed BE chicken. The new Whole Foods in Savannah stocks BE! We are happy chicken-eating campers again. Yes, the drive to Savannah is worth it--about 35 miles.
08/24/2013 8:39:52 PM CDT
Kisa Valenti says ...
Where are they processed?
09/16/2013 3:56:37 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KISA - This would best be answered by Bell and Evans as a vendor.
09/16/2013 5:03:20 PM CDT
Willow says ...
Funny. The video here is so different from the undercover video. Also, why aren't the chickens outside, free roaming???? Isn't that the point of free range, organic Aside from antibiotics free?????
10/21/2013 2:50:42 PM CDT

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