Food Alliance: Dairy

Food Alliance Certified Label

The Food Alliance label incorporates aspects of environmental, animal, and social sustainability. Each aspect has options that are scored on multiple attributes. While other labels may have more requirements or be more in depth in a particular area, this label covers many areas but requires less stringent requirements in each area compared to our top picks.

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FoodPrint Label Criteria

Animal Feed Quality

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


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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