What is in this article?:
- Labels decoded
- Organic certifiers
- USDA Certified Organic
- Fair Trade Certified
- Whole Grain
- Certified Biodynamic
- Certified Humane Raised and Handled
- Rainforest Alliance Certified
- MSC Certified
- Certified Naturally Grown
- Certified Vegan
- Certified Gluten-Free
- NSF Made with Organic
- Natural Products Association Certified
How do you know which labels you can really trust? Start with these 12, which have a clear purpose and process behind the certifications.
Certified Humane Raised and Handled
Who’s behind it:
Humane Farm Animal Care (certifiedhumane.org), a nonprofit organization that uses the American Meat Institute Standards for certification.
What it means:
*Meat or animal products come from facilities that use responsible farm-animal practices, including providing animals with ample space and shelter, clean water, and hormone-free feed.
*Animals aren’t given antibiotics.
*Cages and crates are prohibited.
*The organization’s scientific committee writes the standards and inspectors conduct annual on-site inspections, including interviews, record reviews, observation and evaluation of operating procedures, and handling and slaughter inspections.
*The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Livestock and Seed Program verifies inspections.
Look for it on:
Meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.