HERE’s What Those Labels On Egg Cartons Actually Mean!

  • HERE’s What Those Labels On Egg Cartons Actually Mean!

    As I am very interested in purchasing organic and chemical free food. I came across this article that shed more light on the subject of labels on egg cartons.  As I want to support those farmers who raise their chickens responsibly (this means care for them properly by allowing them adequate space to roam freely in the day time for exercise), learning what these labels mean is important especially when looking at the many choices available in the supermarket.

    Purchasing the free-range organic eggs also sends a message to the supermarket that this is what I will purchase to support those farmers and this information is important as all our purchases are registered with the supermarket and I am sure all sales are monitored closely. If we want to change the way supermarket management chooses the food for us, all we have to do is to choose and purchase the very best. 

    These labels are sometimes confusing in the supermarket so I thought this clarification would be good information for the members who also would like to know what the different categories actually mean. Those names on the carton signify how the hen was raised and how much care they are getting AND how nutritious they may be.

    The 9 Labels To Pay Attention To:

    1. United Egg Producers Certified
    These chickens have their beaks sheared (cut off) . Their feed (food) include GMOs and antibiotics. They can either be caged or housed cage-free indoors.

    2. Biodynamic
    Farms using this label must follow organics standards, build soil health, and protect biodiversity. As they are certified by Demeter USA.

    3. Certified Organic
    This is the only USDA-regulated label. Farms are required to have hens get outdoor access and feed without GMOs, antibiotics, or animal products.

    4. Omega-3
    Omega-3 fatty acids in their eggs by more than 100 percent by fortifying the hens’ diet with brain boosting flaxseed.

    5. Certified Humane
    This Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) label requires hens to have space to move around and be handled by trained handlers.

    6. Pasture Raised
    HFAC certified.  Birds MUST be outdoors on a minimum of 6 hours every day with 108 square feet of space for each chicken rotated.

    7. Free Range
    This may sound a lot like pastured raised, however, it just signifies that outdoor access is provided for a minimum of 6 hours a day with just 2 square feet of space per bird.

    8. Vegetarian

    The hens’ feed does not contain animal protein. Could also mean no chance to forage, look for food of their own. Hens, by nature, are omnivores and will eat insects if they are given the chance to.

    9. Cage-Free
    These birds are not caged but typically don’t have outdoor access.

     Reference:  Article: Rodale’s Organic Life