Certified Labels

These label claims are defined by a formal set of publicly available animal care standards.
Compliance with the standards is verified by a third-party audit.

 

Unverified Claims

These claims have no legal definition and standards are vague and/or weak.
Compliance with USDA's definition is not verified on the farm by the government or any independent third party.

 

Meaningless or Misleading Claims

The following claims are meaningless or misleading with regard to animal welfare.
(They may not be meaningless or misleading in terms of other issues.)