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? Highly for food Not for […]
What Does Hypoallergenic Mean?
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 […]
Chicken Labels and What They Mean
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 – […]
What Does USDA Organic Mean?
“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 […]
What Does Fair Trade Certified Mean?
The Fair Trade Certified seal means that one or more of the ingredients in the product were produced and traded in accordance with Fair Trade USA’s standards. Fair Trade USA says it aims to help ensure that farmers and workers are paid fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, protect the environment, and earn community […]
What Does Pesticide Free Mean and Does It Matter?
Reducing pesticide use is an important component of a sustainable food system, but as a labeling claim, “pesticide free” is not trustworthy. The Food and Drug Administration does not have a regulatory definition or standard for the “pesticide free” claim. In the absence of a specific definition, the FDA expects the claim to mean that […]
What Does Pasture Raised Mean?
What this claim means A “pasture raised” claim on meat, poultry, dairy, or egg labels means that the animals were raised for at least some portion of their lives on pasture or with access to a pasture, not continually confined indoors. Raising animals on pasture is not the industry standard; the vast majority of dairy […]
What Does Cage Free Mean?
On an egg carton, “cage free” means that the hens that laid the eggs were not raised in caged housing systems, which is how the vast majority of laying hens in the U.S. are housed. In a caged housing system, each hen is typically given enough space to stand upright, but not enough space to […]
What Does Free Range Really Mean?
Highs Ranging freely outdoors is important for animal welfare In combination with meaningful labels (see below), the claim means the animals were not continually confined indoors Lows On-farm inspection is not required There is no common standard that producers have to meet for eggs and dairy A “free range” claim does not mean that the […]
What Does Non-GMO Mean?
What does it mean, and is it verified? The “non-GMO” claim means that the food is made without ingredients that were derived from genetically engineered organisms. Meat, poultry, dairy and eggs with a “non-GMO” claim are from animals that were not fed a diet containing genetically engineered crops. But a “Non-GMO” claim on its own […]