Mega food producers can pretty much call anything whatever they want and the USDA lets them. How else could they inject chicken with 15% solution of brine and get away with calling it "all natural?"
Chicken producers debate 'natural' label
SAN FRANCISCO – A disagreement among poultry producers about whether chicken injected with salt, water and other ingredients can be promoted as "natural" has prompted federal officials to consider changing labeling guidelines.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture had maintained that if chicken wasn't flavored artificially or preserved with chemicals, it could carry the word "natural" on the package.
But the agency agreed to take another look at its policy after some producers, politicians and health advocates noted that about one-third of chicken sold in the U.S. was injected with additives that could represent up to 15 percent of the meat's weight, doubling or tripling its sodium content. Some argue that could mislead or potentially harm consumers who must limit their salt intake.
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service plans to issue new proposed rules this fall.
Perdue, the nation's third largest poultry producer, is among those pushing for a change. The company has joined a group called the Truthful Labeling Coalition, which has hired a lobbyist and launched an advertising campaign.
Read the labels!! Know what is what. A "free range" chicken means that during it's life it had access to bare ground. That's all it means. It doesn't mean it got to wander freely out on the range. It doesn't mean it ever tasted a single blade of grass or chased after a single grasshopper.
"Organic" is another joke. They can feed these birds whatever they want to feed them as long as it's labeled "organic." That means lots of corpo-corn, fish "by products," "crab meal" and many other animal by products. They still get raised three birds to a four square foot cage with barely enough room to turn around. They still have only a total life span of six weeks.
"organic" "all natural" It's a joke. A cruel, misleading pitiful joke.
KNOW WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM!
KNOW WHAT'S IN THE PACKAGE OTHER THAN WHAT THE BIG LETTER ON THE FRONT OF THE PACKAGE SAY!