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Carolyn Parker says ...
How are organic chickens slaughtered?
04/02/2013 10:51:29 PM CDT
bob says ...
I have a question regarding my concern. You guys said that "we do not sell any chicken that was not fed corn at some point." But also claim that your chicken is organic and not feed GMO's. With almost all of the corn in the United States being Genetically modified how can you state such a claim. Is the corn you give the organic chicken the few percent in the U.S not affected by GMO's ?
04/08/2013 6:21:00 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BOB - I was unable to find anything that stated your quote in the above article. If chicken is labeled organic, it must be fed organic corn. Organic products are regulated by the USDA and cannot contain GMOs.
04/10/2013 4:55:02 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CAROLYN - Organic meat must meet the USDA regulations for organic products. You can reach more at http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5094390.
04/11/2013 2:41:41 PM CDT
Sarah Brekke says ...
Can you tell us what the standards are on your Mary's non-organic chicken? I have been seeing a new "no GMO" label on the Mary's chicken which is great, but how do their standards differ from organic standards? Thanks!
04/18/2013 12:42:16 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SARAH - Thanks for your inquiry. The products we sell in our stores vary between locations. Since I am not sure where this product is sold, I would encourage you to reach out to your local store to have them get in touch with the vendor specifically. We do have a 5 Step Animal Welfare rating and if Mary's is rated, your store cal let you know what each step qualifies for in how they were raised.
04/18/2013 3:26:03 PM CDT
Linda Blumberg says ...
Do your organic chickens go through a chemical wash in the production process? If so, what chemicals are used and how many times are they used in the process? Thank you.
04/26/2013 10:30:18 AM CDT
c ugoretz says ...
how can one find out what the organic chickens you sell are fed. I understand that vegetarian diet can also mean soy, not what I would eat Is there any nutritional information For example, MID ATLANTIC COUNTRY FARMS, a brand of another store, clearly states their chickens are fed a vegetarian diet of soy and corn. Therefore I know I do not want to purchase that brand. You show whether beef is grass fed, for example. Where does it say what the chickens are fed Thanks in advance for your help in finding where to locate this information
04/29/2013 8:53:57 PM CDT
nancy robert says ...
How do they clean the chickens?
05/04/2013 9:34:26 AM CDT
olivier Rochard says ...
In Europe , most if not all organic chicken are coming from slow growing breeds that have a meat a lot tasty than standard birds. Why are you not using that kind of breed. On the top, these slow growing breeds are more rustic than standard one, are more suited to run outside, that helps a lot to avoid using antibiotics. The fast growing breeds are not aimed at growing & go outside. Thanks
05/07/2013 9:26:04 PM CDT
Ling Moi Hung says ...
I like organic chickens and I try to keep some in my own compound. First two months, I give them commercially processed chicken feed and after that just finely shredded corn pieces and left over food from my chicken. I must admit that my chickens are not 100% organic. But the taste of my chichen is also fantastic. Of course, I hope one day, I can rear 100% organic chicken when..........
06/10/2013 5:39:59 AM CDT
John Bourne says ...
How does Coleman's Organic Chickens stand up against other so called 'organic' chickens?
06/21/2013 8:28:37 PM CDT
Cecelia says ...
This tells me what organic chickens are not fed regarding drugs, etc. However, I'd like to know what they actually eat. Corn? Grains? What? Thank you.
07/30/2013 5:11:49 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JOHN - I would suggest reaching out to your local butcher for their advice since our vendors vary.
08/01/2013 3:28:51 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CECELIA - The feed for chickens will vary between vendors. If it is labeled organic, you can be assured that the feed must be certified organic but does not limit the type. Check with your local store if you are wondering about a particular vendor, the meat team can find out for you!
08/01/2013 3:31:13 PM CDT
Linda Peterson says ...
Is this GMO free?
08/26/2013 7:49:53 PM CDT
Gina says ...
You state that the chickens Organic feed cannot contain genetically engineered grains are you considering Corn and Soy to be a grain ? If they are fed corn and soy, are they organic as well?
08/26/2013 8:46:19 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LINDA - Technically products cannot be labeled as "GMO free" and instead must be labeled as non-GMO. All organic foods sold in the US must be certified to the USDA National Organic Standards, which prohibit the use of GMOs and therefore, non-GMO.
08/27/2013 11:01:44 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@GINA - If any meat is labeled as organic, the animal must be fed organic feed. Regardless if that is grass or grain. The type of feed will vary between vendors so check with your local store and they can find out what the farm feeds their animals.
08/27/2013 11:06:50 AM CDT
Virginia Lewis says ...
The US government now allows chickens grown and slaughtered in America to be shipped to China for processing and then re-shipped to the US for sale. Will Whole Foods be participating in this practice? I need to know as I am very mistrustful of China in relation to food. There have been many incidents of mishandling and harmful additives. Please let me know your plans on this.
09/10/2013 1:56:05 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@VIRGINIA - We know where all the chicken in our stores is raised and processed. All chicken farms are required to be certified to the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating system every 15 months. And we require annual third party audits of all chicken slaughter and further processing facilities. Our chicken suppliers for our North American stores are in the US and Canada, no facilities are located in China.
09/10/2013 4:03:01 PM CDT
Smoochic says ...
Are they fed soy products?
09/26/2013 11:15:32 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SMOOCHIC - If organic chicken is fed soy, it must be certified organic feed. You can check with your local store as the feed will vary between vendors and vendors will differ between stores.
09/26/2013 3:26:03 PM CDT
Cathy Jenkins says ...
Does your organic chicken contain carrageenan?
10/09/2013 9:02:38 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CATHY - Carrageenan is a natural gelling agent extracted from several species of seaweed. It is used primarily as a stabilizer and thickener in dairy, dairy alternative and jelly products. If you are looking for raw organic chicken, it would be highly unlikely to contain carrageenans. Our products do vary between stores so check with your local store and they can double check for you to make sure!
10/11/2013 1:28:42 PM CDT

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