Product sustainability will keep us going for years to come:
New Products 25 in 2019
Clean Label Initiatives
All NAE birds are fed an all-vegetarian diet
All NAE chicken we purchase is American Humane certified
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 17
Products Made With 100% Whole Grain Breading 12
Gluten Free Certified Products 17
Products With No Gluten Added 22
No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) Labeled Products 9
Brakebush microbiology conducted over 30,000 microbiological tests of product and production environment in 2019.
All Brakebush facilities are SQF Food Safety Level certified (Safe Quality Food).
All second and third party audits of our facilities conducted in 2019 had 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 18 supplier audits in 2019.
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