Non-GMO Verified: Beef

Non-GMO Verified Label

This single issue label indicates that the animal feed is tested to be 99% free of GMO residues. Non-GMO is not necessarily organic (though all organic is non-GMO). It also does not address pesticide or other chemical or drug use in the feed or the animals themselves.

Requires Verification/Inspection

FoodPrint Label Criteria

Animal Feed Quality

Produced without industrial pesticides
Produced without synthetic fertilizer or sewage sludge fertilizers
Finished on grass
Prohibits animal waste and byproduct
Restricts use of feed supplements*
Prohibits GMOs

*Feed supplements must be non-GMO

Drug Use

Antibiotics only for sick animals or prohibited
Prohibit hormones and other drugs to healthy animals

Environmental and Pasture Quality

Pasture management / rotational grazing plan required
Grown without synthetic or sewage sludge fertilizers
Grown without industrial pesticides
Biodiversity required in pasture
Soil health monitored/measured for improvement over time

Animal Welfare and Living Conditions

Prohibits feedlots
Prohibits long term confinement
Prohibits electric prods
Hygiene and manure management addressed
Pain relief for castration
Prohibits dehorning
Taildocking prohibited
Standards for animal wellbeing in transport including maximum duration times
Welfare standards for slaughtering addressed
Pasture required throughout grazing/growing season

Worker Welfare

Standards and protections for workers on farm
Standards and protections for workers in processing plants
Fair/living wages ensured
Health care insurance ensured
Food Label Glossary

For explanations of some of these technical terms, like “rotational grazing” or “sewage sludge fertilizers,” please visit our glossary.

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