In this July 24, 2017 file photo, a Uga poultry farm, a sign for which is displayed outside a poultry processing plant in Georgia, is seen in Uga, Ga.
Bello chicken science is still “waste of money” for the UGA industry, according to a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in January 2017.
(Photo: Michael Zagaris, AP)The USDA also says that Bello poultry science is “not a sustainable business model” and that the Uga farm is one of the only poultry plants in the country that can’t get a license to slaughter birds without going through a costly and time-consuming review process.
“As the only certified UGA poultry plant, the farm is responsible for producing nearly 30 million birds a year,” the letter says.
“The farm must also undergo extensive testing and other quality assurance programs to ensure that it meets federal requirements for humane treatment of animals.”
Bello is one UGA company that has been the target of USDA investigations into poultry safety, animal welfare and environmental concerns.
In 2017, a USDA inspection team found the company’s facilities to be “grossly inadequate” and “extremely unsafe.”
The company said it was not aware of any instances of a bird dying while being fed to chickens in its facilities.
In a statement, Bello said the USDA letter was “misleading.”
The company said that it would continue to work with the USDA and other stakeholders to address these concerns.
“The USDA’s letter to Bello demonstrates that their business model is based on selling a product that is not safe, humane, and in line with USDA standards,” a Bello spokesperson said in a statement.
“We will continue to cooperate with the agency in any investigation that is warranted and will take appropriate action to ensure the safety of our customers.”
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