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Published on May 22nd, 2009 | by ecolocalizer


Foster Farms Runs “No Plumping” Chickens at Bay to Breakers Race

San Francisco’s zany Bay to Breakers race brings out not only world class runners but crazy costumes as well. Some companies took advantage of the crazy and healthy atmosphere to promote various items (energy drinks, anti pain patches) but we had to question the Foster Farms “Say No to Plumping” race team.

Sure, everyone seemed to enjoy having their photo taken with the plump Foster Farms chickens but the brightly colored 16-person Foster Farms race team seemed bent on raising awareness of a little-known food fact: “plumped” or saltwater-injected chicken that costs consumers their health and money.

Instead of plumping maybe consumers and Bay to Breakers racers should be more concerned with eating chicken that isn’t organic, isn’t free-range and isn’t raised humanely. Foster Farms claims that they do not add hormones, steroids, or artificial enhancers. Okay but they don’t say whether or not the chicken is truly free-range or all natural.

This whole “Plumping” thing seemed to scream for everyone to be an aware consumer as far as economics go but aren’t missing the boat to promote health as well? It won’t do any good to save a buck or two on chicken (or any other meat for that matter) if you come down with some disease because of how a company raises the chickens . Maybe next year, maybe we’ll see some organic, pastured chickens run the race.

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    Adhering to the National Chicken Council’s purported Animal Welfare Guidelines, Foster Farms says that it “is absolutely committed to the humane treatment of all animals… keeping the chickens comfortable, clean and well treated is a priority… and ensures excellent health and development.”
    However, an investigation by East Bay Animal Advocates reveals that Foster Farms chickens are repeatedly denied proper veterinary care and attention. According to Section 597.1.(a) of the California State Penal Code: “Every owner, driver, or keeper of any animal who permits the animal to be in any building, enclosure, lane, street, square, or lot of any city, county, city and county, or judicial district without proper care and attention is guilty of a misdemeanor.” Poultry health issues revealed at Foster Farms include:
    Stunted growth (i.e. Broiler Runting Syndrome);
    Severe ammonia burns on breast, legs, feet;
    Heart attacks (i.e. Sudden Death Syndrome);
    Leg abnormalities (i.e. Splay-Leg Disorder & Lameness);
    High newborn chicken mortality;
    Fatal respiratory infections;
    Substantial feather-loss; AND
    Bloody fecal samples
    After egg-hatching, Foster Farms’ broilers (chickens raised for meat) live in large structures known as growout houses. Approximately, 20,000 birds are raised in each house at Foster Farms locations. Confined to the growout houses, broilers reach slaughter weight at only six to seven weeks-of-age. Housed in confinement, however, birds are forced to stand on accumulated fecal waste and breathe in dust and ammonia fumes.
    According to the California Poultry Workgroup, “the progression of poultry management from extensive to more intensive systems has resulted in more increased bird density and concentration of their waste products.”

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