Unlike the CHRH and FF programs, which do not address the issue of the killing of male chicks at all, the AWI states that it is still developing its policy on this point.
and Canada are approved to use the Certified Humane Raised and Handled (CHRH) label on their products.
According to Douglass, "The inspectors are university professors in veterinary medicine or animal science that we pay to do the inspections." The CHRH program is overseen by the USDA's ISO-accredited program, which means that the USDA verifies that the CHRH program is administered as it purports to be.
Producers that pass the certification process are certified for one year and subsequently allowed to carry the CHRH label on their products.
Producers certified to use the CHRH label may run dual operations, where only some of the animals are raised according to the CHRH standards while the rest of the animals are raised conventionally.
Regarding animal welfare issues, the CHRH certification prohibits cages but does not require that laying hens have access to the outdoors.
The CHRH standards do state, however, that "the practice of beak trimming is contrary to the principles of the standards....
What happens at the hatchery is beyond our control at this time." The CHRH standards state that HFAC is currently developing standards for hatcheries.