In the Know: What do the labels on Beef mean?

Organic, Hormone Free, Grass Fed, Free Range, Choice, Certified Beef.

What does all of that even mean? Let’s break it down.

What is the USDA?

United States Department of Agriculture, also known as the Agriculture Department, is the U.S. federal executive department responsible for developing and executing federal laws related to farming, agriculture, forestry, and food.

Quality of the beef cut. When you see Prime, Choice or Select on your beef, you are essentially reading the ‘grades’ of meat.

Prime, Choice, and Select

Grass Fed: Grass-fed labeling means that the animal only grazed on grass after being weaned from mother’s milk.

No Antibiotics: The No Antibiotics label means that the animal was never administered antibiotics and the producer must provide paperwork to the USDA to prove this.

No Hormones: This label means the animal was never administered additional growth hormones, though all animals naturally produce hormones.

Organic: USDA Organic Beef must follow the USDA National Organic Program and been fed only an organic diet and have not been treated with hormones.

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