FFTF #12 - Hormone-Free Poultry

In this week's Food For Thought Friday, we'll continue to decode terminology on this package of chicken.

Lately, I've been hearing lots of ads from restaurants serving chicken or from companies producing chicken products boasting that their chicken is "hormone free". As if this is a new health initiative 🤔

Well, you should know that the USDA prohibits the sale of pork or poultry raised with added hormones. And this practice has been illegal for a very long time 😲 So this claim doesn't mean the quality of the chicken (or any other poultry or pork products) has improved 😒

And you shouldn't have to pay more for this chicken 😝😠💩 Except if you want to pay for those fancy, new ad campaigns đŸ˜ŗ😮

You may have also noticed that some conventionally raised chicken sold in stores advertise "hormone free". And boldly state it in fairly large print 🤔

But the prohibition against the sale of pork or poultry raised with added hormones ALSO applies to all fresh or frozen chicken purchsed from stores, farms, etc.

So "hormone free" is NOT required on labels because it's meaningless 😜 But if "hormone free" is added. There must also be a statement "Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones". Which will typically be in very tiny print 🤓🔎

And now you know that none of this means better quality 😉😏 Just creates confusion and possibly tricks consumers into paying more for a chicken product than one without the label?? 💸😧👎đŸŊ

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