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The use of hormones in chicken meat production is prohibited in Brazil. Besides, due to its short production cycle – 45 days in average – those substances could not have any effect. Furthermore, the application of growth hormones would not be viable in commercial poultry production.

Thanks to the selection of specific breeds for chicken meat production, nowadays around 45 days are necessary to raise a chicken.

The consumption of water for the production of 1kg of chicken meat is of approximately 3,000 liters in the entire chain, from grains production until the final product, whilst beef production consumes 16,000 and pork around 6,000.

A study pointed out that chicken meat production has less impact on the soil, as eutrophication and acidification are at least four times less than in beef and pork production.

According to international studies, the emission of greenhouse gases in chicken production is four times less than in other meats.

The consumption of electricity in the production of poultry meat is half of that consumed to produce other meats.

According to the FAO – the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization – chicken meat usually costs 50% less than other meats. In 2008, the average price of chicken meat was of US$ 1.8/kg, while pork costed US$ 3.1/kg and beef would cost more than US$ 4.5/kg.

The integration system was first implemented in the South of Brazil, in the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, in small properties integrated to the slaughterhouses.

The integration system was first implemented in the South of Brazil, in the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, in small properties integrated to the slaughterhouses.

Chicken meat is rich in proteins and essential amino acids. The skinless and boneless chicken breast is the portion that has a greater amount of those substances. Besides that, it is an important source of vitamin B complex and minerals, such as iron, potassium, zinc and magnesium.

This shows the quality and trust of the world population in our products.

This is similar to the average consumption of developed economies such as the US and EU countries, contributing to a rich and healthy nutrition to the Brazilian people.

Event though Brazil has never had a single case of high pathogenic avian influenza, Brazil implemented in 2006 the National Plan for Prevention of Avian Influenza and Control and Prevention of Newcastle Disease, which modernized laboratories, creating hygienic barriers and providing technical training and education.

Brazil is committed with the compliance of animal welfare rules established by the World Organization for Animal Health – OIE – and since 2008 UBABEF has a partnership with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to provide scientific information and capacity building for the staff of Brazilian companies in animal welfare issues.

The Brazilian slaughterhouses have international certifications and follow quality procedures recognized and used all over the world, such as ISO (International Organization for Standardization), HACCP (Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points) Global G.A.P. (Good Agricultural Practice), GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), SPOH (Standard Procedure of Operational Hygiene), among others.

In order to guarantee safe and healthy products, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply implemented the National Plan for Control of Residues and Contaminants (PNCRC) that contemplates the recommendations of the Codex Alimentarius and was approved by audit missions from the European Union.