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October 5, 2017

Baby Wipes…Really?

Some commodity chicken producers claim to wipe down their eggs with baby wipes.  We don’t do this at Bell & Evans, and I think this practice raises some questions. Freshly laid eggs have a natural, anti-bacterial coating on them called the bloom that keeps bacteria from entering.  Shells are porous, so when you wash off...

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September 29, 2017

Chlorinated Chicken Concerns – Is Europe Overreacting?

Since Brexit, the U.S. and U.K. have been talking about a trade deal.  One of the biggest disputes is regarding American chicken!  Europe doesn’t want American chicken because of a process called “water chilling” that most U.S. poultry producers use…not Bell & Evans though.  We use 100% air chill to cool our chickens. In chicken...

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September 25, 2017

The Dr. Oz Show

I recently had the pleasure of speaking on The Dr. Oz Show in an episode called “In Defense of American Chicken” which first aired on September 20, 2017.  Bell & Evans was represented alongside two large commodity chicken producers, and together, we answered audience questions as a panel. The point of the episode was to...

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September 5, 2017

It’s Official! We have the World’s First Organic Certified Animal Welfare Focused Chicken Hatchery!

This has been an exciting time for Bell & Evans! On Saturday, August 26, the first chicks began to hatch at our brand new hatchery. Those chicks were delivered to our farms on Monday, August 28, the same day that our  Hatchery received its “organic certification” from Pennsylvania Certified Organic, a nonprofit certification agency accredited by...

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August 18, 2017

Greed Over Good Sense

Greed prevailed. According to an article published today by LancasterOnline, the state approved an air pollution plan for Perdue’s hexane soybean processing plant in Lancaster County. Apparently in Pennsylvania, pollution isn’t an issue. Representatives had a problem with pulling out of the Climate Agreement, yet don’t flinch when approving Perdue’s soybean-processing, air-pollutant-spilling plant in Conoy...

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August 17, 2017

“Special” Isn’t Good Enough for Us

Our take on the August 14, 2017, Bloomberg article “That Chicken From Whole Foods Isn’t So Special Anymore.” We agree that the chicken at the other end of the case shouldn’t be there. At Bell & Evans, we have been perfecting “The Excellent Chicken” for over 100 years. We uphold the highest animal welfare standards...

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August 4, 2017

National Organic Program (NOP) and National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) – What are they thinking?

Scott’s Perspective… Excerpt from Electronic Code of Federal Regulations, Agriculture—National Organic Program, 205.236*: “Poultry or edible poultry products must be from poultry that has been under continuous organic management beginning no later than the second day of life.” Wow.  The NOP’s recent proposal to change the Organic Standards in the United States really got me...

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April 5, 2017

White Striping, White Striation or Woody Breasts on Chicken

This issue is all about genetics and industry greed. There are only three major breeding companies in the broiler industry—in the world! One of the breeding companies is owned by a major chicken producer, another owned by investment bankers. And they all breed chickens to achieve the following goals, with little to no thought for...

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April 1, 2017

The Excellent Chicken

Hi there. My name is Scott Sechler, and this is my chicken blog. Some people buy into businesses and others build them. Well, I’ve worked with and around chickens for almost my entire life, so I’ve learned a thing or two throughout the years. I’m proud to have grown Bell & Evans into the family...

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