Truthful and Nonmisleading Human Food Labeling

Comment on this policy

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) supports truthful and nonmisleading labeling of animal-derived human food products that meets the following criteria:

  1. Claims on labels regarding production practices should be clear, unambiguous, scientifically valid, and verifiable.
  2. Animal health, animal welfare, and food safety must not be compromised in pursuit of marketing programs and associated label claims.
  3. Marketing entities must have safeguards and policies in place to ensure that specified production practices (such as restrictions on the use of approved animal drugs, including antibiotics) do not prevent producers  from providing necessary treatment, under the direction of a veterinarian, for sick or injured animals.
  4. Labels that state or imply increased food safety, superior animal welfare, decreased carbon footprint, or enhanced nutritional content should be based on verifiable scientific evidence that is made available to the public and supports the claims.
  5. Consumers should be aware that a label of “organic” is not in itself an indication of practices that are beneficial to animal welfare or the environment.

Relevant Policies:

Food Safety Policy

Organic Foods