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What does the USDA Certified Organic label on meat mean?

Margaret Floyd
Nutrition & Dietetics
If meat is certified organic by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), this means that the feed the animals receive is organic. However, "organic" doesn't mean that the animal is either pastured or grass fed. The USDA Certified Organic label means that the animals are fed organic feed and aren't treated with antibiotics or growth hormones. It also means there were no genetically modified ingredients in their feed and that the resulting meat isn't irradiated. The certification does have some minimal pasturing requirements, but for the most part, the bulk of the animals' diet is still grain, albeit organic grain.

One of the really nice things about eating meat that is certified organic is that you know the farm it came from was inspected by an independent third party not affiliated with the farm. Therefore, you can be assured that the meat you're eating is meeting these standards.
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