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Organic association sues USDA for inadequate animal welfare regulations

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The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is suing the USDA for poultry industry standards and regulations being too lenient. The association alleges that under the current rules, chickens are subject to overcrowding and animal abuse.

Today’s requirements as stated by the USDA ensure hens that produce eggs with organic certification will have access to outdoors. The concern, according to the OTA, is that the outdoor space is not defined enough by the USDA and egg producers can stuff the space with chickens while still being considered organic.

Though the USDA states the outdoor space can be covered, which can protect. . .

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