Truthful and Non-misleading Human Food Labeling

Comment on this policy

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) supports truthful and non-misleading 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 should not be compromised in pursuit of marketing programs and associated label claims.
  3. Marketing entities should 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 encourage managers to withhold needed treatment of sick animals or to refrain from seeking veterinary assistance when it otherwise would be indicated.
  4. Labels that state or imply claims of advantages for reduced food safety risks or improved animal welfare conditions should be based on verifiable scientific evidence supporting those enhanced claims.

Relevant Policies:

Organic Foods