USDA Organic

“Organic” is a meaningful label. It is verified and backed by USDA standards that are designed to promote sustainability and prohibit chemical pesticides, GMOs, irradiation, sewage sludge, and artificial ingredients (with some exceptions). How meaningful is this label? Meaningful 100% Organic: Highly meaningful. The organic label is highly meaningful for foods that are labeled as […]

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Hypoallergenic

LABEL REPORT CARD How meaningful is the label? Is the label verified? Is the meaning of the label consistent? Are the label standards publicly available? Is information about the organization publicly available? Is the organization free from conflict of interest? Was the label developed with broad public and industry input? Not No No No1 No2 […]

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A deep dive into chicken labels

As consumers become increasingly concerned with how food is produced and how farm animals are raised and treated, farmers and companies are responding with various labels and claims. Labels or claims generally aim to assure consumers that the food was produced in a better way – whether it be more humane, sustainable or healthy – […]

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Global Animal Partnership Step 3

The Global Animal Partnership (GAP) certification program is comprised of a series of step levels, each corresponding to a set of animal welfare standards. The rigor of the standards increases with higher step levels. The Step 3 label means that the animals were raised on farms with improved living conditions and animal welfare practices. Chickens […]

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Raised Without Antibiotics

The “raised without antibiotics” claim on meat and poultry means that the animals were not given antibiotics in their feed, water or by injection. Choosing meat and poultry that is raised without antibiotics is an important step in helping address the public health crisis of antibiotic resistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture performs a one-time review […]

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Natural

Not Meaningful The “natural” label is not verified and is not meaningful. There are no consistent standards to ensure that the label means what it implies to consumers: that the food was produced without chemical fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, genetically engineered crops, chemical processing aids, and artificial ingredients. Each company can use its own definition, and […]

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