Statement from Blue Goose Pure Foods Regarding Allegations Related to Cericola Farms
Absolutely not. Blue Goose chickens are never kept in cages, and are free to roam in the barns, and are let outside when weather permits
Our farmers believe that if a bird is raised naturally, it doesn’t need antibiotics. Under Blue Goose guidelines, our chickens are never administered antibiotics
When weather permits, our chickens are allowed access to the outdoors. When weather doesn’t permit, our birds freely range in their barns that have been designed to replicate their natural conditions
Blue Goose chickens enjoy a nutritious diet comprising quality grains, such as wheat, corn, and soy, and supplemented by vitamins and minerals to ensure optimum health and well-being. Our feed is 100% vegetarian, free of any animal by-products
All of our poultry barns are located in Ontario. We’ve partnered with a group of family owned farm operators who share our values for raising high quality chickens the way natured intended. If you’d like to visit our barns, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes. Our barns are equipped with natural ventilation systems that allow fresh air to circulate through the barn. All of our barns have windows, allowing natural light in. We do not use artificial light to over-stimulate our animals.
Blue Goose follows the highest standards when it comes to the transportation and processing of our chickens. Our catching and transportation methods are audited and set by the leading third party organization on animal welfare, Certified Humane. Our chickens are processed at a federal plant in Bradford, Ontario, that is both Organically and Halal certified. Our chickens are always air-chilled, ensuring no additional water is added during the chilling process.
|Animal By-Products allowed in feed||No||No|
|Independent audits by third party organizations||Yes||Yes|
|Antibiotics allowed in animals||No||No|
|Access to outdoors when climatic and environmental factors permit||Yes||Yes|
|GMO soy and corn free||Yes||No|
Why is GMO Corn and Soy used in your AABF chickens? At Blue Goose, we’ve always operated under the belief that everyone has the right to healthy food, from well-raised animals. Part of living this belief is about offering people choices, which is why we worked with our retail partners to offer a Natural Line and Organic line of products. The feed portion of raising our chickens represents upwards of 50% of the cost. The difference between a GMO free feed (which is given to our Organic animals) and a non-GMO free feed is upwards of 80% increase in cost of the feed. Adding this cost to our price point for our Natural Chicken and Fish at retail is something that would be unaffordable to many Canadians, and run counter to our mission of making healthy food from well-raised animals accessible to everyone. As a company we will continue to challenge our feed suppliers for our Natural chicken and fish, to find alternative sources to GMO feed. We will also look for alternative suppliers that can offer a GMO free product without having to dramatically increase costs for you, our customers.
Blue Goose raises and processes its chickens according to the animal welfare standards set out by Certified Humane - the leading non-profit certification organization dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals in food production from birth through slaughter. In addition, Blue Goose Organic products follow the organic rules and regulations set out by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Blue Goose cattle are raised in the semi-remote region of Cariboo, BC. All of our cattle are pasture raised on our deeded, owned and leased lands, and graze across high quality grass
Being vertically integrated, Blue Goose has full traceability of our cattle, being able to track them from birth through to your local grocery store
Our cattle never receive steroids or added hormones
Blue Goose prides itself on raising healthy animals. If and when an animal does becomes sick, it is treated and removed from our program
Blue Goose raises Rainbow trout in the pristine waters surrounding Manitoulin Island, Ontario, a secluded location known for its undisturbed conditions, and excellent year round temperatures.
Our Rainbow Trout are raised in as natural conditions as possible, short of swimming free in the wild. They swim in open net pens at densities that promote healthy, high quality fish
Our trout are fed with a sustainable feed consisting of fishmeal, minerals and vitamins
Our trout are harvested on site, using techniques that meet strict requirements for the humane treatment and handling of fish.
Our Organic Certification is through the Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standards, sanctified by the Canadian government, and upheld by strict yearly audits. Blue Goose is the only Certified Organic Rainbow Trout grower in North America