What Do Food Labels Really Mean? Or Don’t? Check Out JFAN’s New Guide



Let’s start with a quick quiz. Does meat labeled “grass-fed” mean animals were raised only on pasture?


The answer: Not Necessarily.


A label of “grass-fed” means livestock may be finished on grain before going to slaughter. But a label that says, “100% grass-fed” or has one of several other certification labels may be a reliable source.


This is the problem with labels – they can be either accurate or misleading. How would you know?

JFAN created a new guide, Know Your Labels: A Guide to Buying Responsibly Raised Meat, Dairy and Eggs to help you make informed choices.


Based on the research and recommendations of ASPCA and Environmental Working Group, “Know Your Labels” defines which labels are trustworthy and those that are misleading. It also lists certifications for each type of label that can help you when shopping.


Do be aware: although certification programs can be very good, no system is perfect. Each has its own combination of strengths and limitations. Breakdowns can also occur within certifying bodies, as in a recent discovery of antibiotics in some Global Animal Partnership (GAP) certified products.


Nonetheless, relying on certifications can help you make responsible choices that are far better than buying products originating in factory farms, which includes the vast majority of animal products in supermarkets today. The certifications listed in the guide are those recommended by the ASPCA and Environmental Working Group.


Knowing your farmer and buying locally produced meat, dairy and egg products is the ideal way to shop. But when that is not available, JFAN’s guide can help you make the best choices.


Download Know Your Labels: A Guide to Buying Responsibly Raised Meat, Dairy and Eggs below.

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Learn more about ASPCA and Environmental Working Group recommendations.