Product sustainability will keep us going for years to come:
New Products 45 in 2020
Clean Label Initiatives
All NAE birds are fed an all-vegetarian diet
All chicken we purchase is free of added growth hormones or steroids
100% of our finished products are produced in the United States at our facilities in Wisconsin, Texas, Minnesota, and North Carolina
Child Nutrition (CN) Labeled Products 16
Products Made With 100% Whole Grain Breading 14
Gluten Free Certified Products 18
No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) Labeled Products 14
Brakebush microbiology far exceeded USDA testing guidelines by conducting the following tests in 2020:
- 48,126 product swab tests
- 34,807 product sample tests
- 24,449 environmental samples
- 29,205 environmental tests
All Brakebush facilities are SQF Food Safety Level certified (Safe Quality Food).
17 second and third party audits of our facilities were conducted in 2020, with a 100% pass rate.
Audits and Certifications
The chicken we use for processing comes from chicken plants that are BRC certified.
We require an annual audit from each of our suppliers and we conducted 5 supplier audits in 2020.
According to the USDA and audit results, our suppliers adhere to the Five Freedoms for Animals:
Freedom from hunger and thirst
Freedom from discomfort
Freedom from pain, suffering or disease
Freedom to express normal behavior
Freedom from fear and distress
Our chicken suppliers are audited by PAACO members (Professional Animal Auditor Certificate Organizations)
Approach – All chickens should be treated humanely as per local and national regulations around animal welfare.
Our suppliers are required to practice validated Animal Welfare Programs compliant to the Federal Meat Inspection Act or Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.
The National Chicken Council guidelines for Animal Welfare pertaining to chickens is followed by our suppliers
The majority of broiler chickens in the US are raised in large, climate-controlled and ventilated barns, where they're free to move about, interact with other chickens and have 24-hour access to food & water
Licensed veterinarians, who have a professional obligation to protect the chickens' health and welfare, provide comprehensive health care programs for every commercial chicken broiler flock
Farm owners are trained in handling and caring for chickens in order to provide a safe, healthy and low-stress environment. If farmers or their employees mistreat chickens, they are subject to immediate disciplinary action, including termination and prosecution