15.22.04.12

.12 Poultry and Poultry Products.

Organic poultry products shall meet the following criteria:

A. Birds raised for meat production shall be fed 100 percent certified organic feed from the time the animals are 2 days old;

B. Laying hens and fowl shall be acquired or raised, or both, in one of two ways:

(1) Raised on 100 percent certified organic feed from 2-day old chicks; or

(2) Raised from started pullets that are managed nonorganically, provided they are managed organically within an approved farm plan for 56 days immediately prior to the sale of eggs as organic;

C. Slaughter birds may not be administered hormones, antibiotics, or synthetic parasiticides from 1 day old to slaughter; and

D. Egg-laying fowl flocks shall be registered with the Department, as provided in COMAR 15.04.01.09.