Where are Koch Foods' chickens raised and processed?
All poultry from Koch Foods is hatched, raised and harvested in the United States. All live operations, which include feedmills, hatcheries, breeders and broilers, are based in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. We have additional processing and distribution facilities in Illinois, Ohio and Tennessee.
Are any of your products processed outside of the United States?
No, Koch Foods is a leading poultry processor in the United States with locations across Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee.
Are your birds cage free?
We are cage free in all of our live bird operations. The only time birds are in cages is during transport from one facility to another, which is a measure we take to ensure the safety of our birds.
Do you give your chickens hormones?
Koch Foods does not administer hormones to our chickens. Hormones and steroids have been prohibited under U.S. federal law for use in raising chickens for more than 50 years.
What do you feed your chickens?
We manufacture our own feed, predominately made from high quality corn and soybean meal, in FDA-inspected facilities. The feed is carefully formulated by Koch Foods’ nutritionist to provide the poultry with all the required nutrients to ensure the birds are healthy and stress free. No steroids or hormones are ever used in the production of Koch Foods’ poultry feed. Only carefully screened quality ingredients from select vendors are used in the production of our poultry feed.
Are Koch Foods' chickens raised using antibiotics?
Koch Foods utilizes antibiotics at levels for therapeutic use to treat or prevent illness and disease. In the event a poultry flock must be treated, Koch Foods follows all FDA regulations regarding the use of antibiotics. The antibiotics utilized are not common to critically important compounds used in human medicine. Strict quality control, including Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP), is strictly utilized in the manufacture of our feed for poultry including testing of the feed for proper level and type of antibiotic added. Koch Foods adheres to all FDA regulated withdrawal periods, and as a result, our poultry meat has never tested positive for antibiotic residuals.
How should I cook or handle my chicken?
Please check our Safe Handling section for information on how to safely cook and handle chicken.
Do you feed genetically modified corn to your chickens?
Koch Foods purchases feed ingredients from commercial suppliers. We cannot guarantee that no genetically modified varieties of corn or soybeans are included in the purchased commodities. Any genetically modified grain that may be included in the feed stocks would only be from varieties approved by federal agencies for use in animal feed.
How are you managing with Avian Influenza (AI)?
As a participant of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), all birds are tested for AI before being processed. Birds are inspected both pre- and post-processing by Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) employees, following all regulations for the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA).