1. USDA certifies all US poultry exported for human consumption
All U.S. poultry exports are inspected and signed off by the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Viewed as the gold standard in food inspection throughout the world, a USDA seal of approval shows that a poultry product meets the world’s highest quality standards.
U.S. law states that each bird must be individually inspected four separate times – starting with the live bird and finishing when it is packaged to leave the facility. The USDA has more than 7,000 highly trained food safety inspectors, and every processing line in the United States is overseen by one to three inspectors who have degrees in agriculture, food science, and veterinary medicine. As a result of these tight controls, the American poultry industry is a closely monitored system that produces the best poultry in the world.
2. USA Poultry is hormone free
Your eyes aren’t fooling you. Today’s chickens are bigger than they used to be. 90 years ago, the average chicken prepared for market was 2.5 pounds. Today’s chickens benefit from almost a century of improvements in breeding, nutrition, veterinary care, and overall bird health – leaving them with healthier bodies and stronger muscles. While urban legend might tell us that larger chickens are full of hormones, it’s simply not true. Hormones are prohibited by law by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). So, you can rest assured that all chickens and turkeys exported by the United States are hormone and steroid free.
3. Just cook it. You never need to worry about food borne illness
Who knew birds could get the flu? Can humans catch it? Also referred to as high path avian influenza or HPAI, avian flu is not a foodborne illness. That means you only need to properly cook your poultry if bird flu rumors make you even the teensiest bit nervous.
Like all natural food sources, poultry could contain organisms that would prove harmful for human consumption. However, millions of dollars are spent each year to improve food safety in U.S. poultry farms, so you can rest assured that your poultry is safe to eat as long as you cook and handle it properly.
4. USA is a major global exporter of quality poultry and egg products
The United States produces more food products than any country in the world, and chicken is the most popular meat product we produce. Which isn’t surprising – chicken is an inexpensive source of high quality protein that doesn’t climb too high on the calorie scale. Each year, the US exports more than 3.7 million metric tons of poultry (chicken, turkey, and duck) and over 3 billion eggs*. Consumers all around the world demand top quality products, and the demand for USDA approved, high-quality poultry only continues to climb.