We're all very fortunate to be able to have countless options when we enter a grocery store. Now, with different classifications of beef, it can all get a bit confusing. Here, we aim to answer all your questions!
This does not represent every label a consumer may see. Each label must be approved by USDA through a formal submission and evaluation process.
All labels with special claims, including animal-raising claims, need to be submitted to FSIS prior to being used on the product. For most animal-raising claims, the documentation typically needed to support these claims includes:
1. A detailed written description explaining the controls used for ensuring that the raising claim is valid from birth to harvest or the period of raising being referenced by the claim;
2. A signed and dated document describing how the animals are raised (e.g., vegetarian-fed, raised without antibiotics, grass- fed), to support that the specific claim made is truthful and not misleading;
3. A written description of the product-tracing and segregation mechanism from time of slaughter or further processing through packaging and wholesale or retail distribution;
4. A written description for the identification, control, and segregation of non- conforming animals or products; and
5. If a third party certifies a claim, a current copy of the certificate.
For the USDA-FSIS guidance, see the Federal Register at: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2016-24067.
For more information on guidelines on documentation needed to substantiate animal raising claims for label submission, see: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/6fe3cd56-6809-4239-b7a2-bccb82a30588/RaisingClaims.pdf?MOD=AJPERES.