FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2023
[Sussex County, NJ] - Responding to the recent petition by Perdue Farms to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for redefining "pasture-raised" poultry, Mike Dunn, owner of Wormuth Farm, has voiced significant concerns, emphasizing the need for maintaining true pasture-raised standards. Dunn's detailed comment can be read on the USDA's FSIS website at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media_file/documents/23-03-Comments-Wormuth-Farm-11042023.pdf.
Perdue Farms' petition to the USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) aims to modify the definition of “free-range” poultry and to establish a distinct definition for “pasture-raised” poultry. The petition seeks to amend labeling compliance regulations, clearly defining “pasture-raised” to mean that chickens spend the majority of their lives on pasture with rooted-in-soil vegetative ground cover.
Dunn acknowledges the importance of differentiating between “free range” and “pasture raised.” However, he raises critical points about the proposed changes, such as the 51% vegetative cover requirement and the allowance for poultry to spend up to four weeks in a brooder, deviating from the essence of "pasture-raised".
He expresses concerns about the impact on the welfare of the birds and the nutritional value of pasture-raised products. Dunn argues that the proposed standards could mislead consumers and undermine the significance of the "pasture-raised" label. He also cautions against a one-size-fits-all approach for diverse farming practices across the nation.
"Wormuth Farm is committed to the authenticity and transparency of our pasture-raised products," said Dunn. "We believe that the true meaning of 'pasture-raised' should reflect the commitment of farmers like us who prioritize animal welfare and sustainable farming practices."
Wormuth Farm stands with other small-scale farmers and industry experts in advocating for standards that truly represent the values of pasture-raised farming. This movement is not just about a label, but about upholding the trust of customers who depend on farms like Wormuth for wholesome, ethically raised meat.
For more information about Wormuth Farm and its commitment to authentic pasture-raised farming, please visit https://wormuthfarm.com.
About Wormuth Farm Located in Sussex County, NJ, Wormuth Farm specializes in sustainable, ethical farming, providing high-quality, pasture-raised lamb and chicken. The farm upholds principles of animal welfare and environmental responsibility, setting a standard for integrity in the agricultural industry.Media Contact: