Frequently Asked Questions

 

Are George and Jo real people?

Our chickens are raised by a dedicated collective of independent farmers who care about our environment, our chickens, sustainability and consumers’ nutrition. In typical Kiwi fashion, our farmers prefer to keep doing their work out of the limelight. George & Jo’s is an alias for all the people who work so diligently in the background to raise our chickens.

 

What does antibiotic free mean?

George & Jo's ‘100% antibiotic free chicken’ means that our chickens are guaranteed 100% antibiotic free for life. That means that our consumers can be confident that the entire food chain to produce George & Jo’s range of products is free of antibiotics.

 
 
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What is the benefit of antibiotic free chicken?

George & Jo’s 100% antibiotic free chicken gives consumers the peace of mind to know that the chicken they purchase is completely antibiotic free. George & Jo’s consumers can be confident that the entire food chain to produce George & Jo’s is free of antibiotics.

 

Are George & Jo's Chickens fed growth hormones?

No, the use of growth hormones and steroids to enhance growth has been banned in the poultry industry for more than 30 years and records indicate that growth hormones have never been used in New Zealand.

 

Are all George & Jo’s chicken products free range?

Yes, all George & Jo’s chicken products are free range. All our chickens are free roaming and naturally raised in a healthy outdoor environment. Our farms are welfare accredited and audited regularly to ensure they comply with free range standards. 

 
 
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Why are antibiotics given to chickens?

In NZ one registered antibiotic is routinely added to feed for the health and welfare of birds, under veterinary supervision.    This antibiotic is not registered in New Zealand for use on humans.

Where are George and Jo’s Chickens raised?

George & Jo’s is a collective of local Kiwi farmers around New Zealand. All our chickens are free roaming and naturally raised in a healthy outdoor environment.

Is your packaging environmentally friendly?

We work hard to minimise impact on the environment. Our Free Range Chicken portions are packed and sealed in Plantic Eco Plastic trays which are sustainable, renewable and recyclable. The sturdy sleeve is made from NZ sustainable forests. Our Free Range Chicken Kebabs, Schnitzel and Thai Green breast products are packed and sealed in recyclable trays.

How are the farms audited?

George and Jo`s farms are independently audited in strict accordance with the NZ Animal Welfare Laws and in conjunction with MPI, all to ensure the highest standards of animal welfare and the best of growing conditions.

How do I handle and store raw chicken?

Always ensure you cover raw poultry. Store raw poultry on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator below all other foods. Thaw frozen poultry completely in a refrigerator or defrost in a microwave prior to cooking. Do not thaw poultry on a bench or under running water, once thawed cook within 24 hours. Do not refreeze after thawing. Best practice – If refrigerating cooked poultry for later use do so as soon as possible after initial cooking.