Healthy, humane animal treatment
Food Alliance certified producers raise livestock with the greatest respect for their needs and comfort. Food Alliance producers provide proper nutrition for excellent animal health and fitness, without excess fat. Living conditions and space allowances provide physical and thermal comfort, afford access to natural lighting and vegetated pasture (where appropriate), and enhance natural behavior (including social contact among animals). Food Alliance producers are trained and competent handlers, minimizing animal fear and stress during handling, transportation and slaughter. Use of hormone treatments is prohibited. Antibiotic use is restricted to treatment of occasional illness, and not as a substitute for healthy living conditions.