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What does the term “natural” mean?

Posted on September 28, 2012

According to the USDA, a product can be label as “natural” if it is free of artificial flavoring, coloring, chemical preservatives or other synthetic ingredients. It must also be “minimally processed.”

Minimally processed refers to traditional processes that are used to make food edible or preserved for human consumption, including roasting, smoking and freezing.

Because the USDA defines “natural” so loosely, any conventionally grown chicken in the US can use it.