The review process has taken several months, but the National Chicken Council’s broiler and broiler breeder welfare guidelines have been certified by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization. PAACO is a leading authority on animal welfare auditing that provides high-quality training and certification credentials for auditors and audits. Dr. Ashley Peterson is the NCC Senior Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs. She says consumers want to be sure that all animals being raised for food are treated with respect and are properly cared for during their lives. “The families and companies involved in raising broilers share the public’s concern,” says Peterson, “and with this certification, consumers and customers can feel confident that when buying and eating chicken, the birds were well-cared for and treated humanely.” While the broiler and broiler breeder guidelines were updated as recently as 2017, this is the first time in history that they’ve been certified by an independent audit certification organization. Mortality and condemnation rates for America’s broiler flocks are at all-time lows, meaning that they overall flock is incredibly healthy.