When shopping for a Thanksgiving turkey, you may come across some labels on the bird’s packaging. Here are a few of the terms and what they mean.
Common Food Labels
Animal Welfare Approved
This seal certifies that animals were raised humanely and outdoors on pasture or ranges at family farms, with the most stringent humane animal welfare standards.
This term may be used only on meat products that have been prepared under rabbinical supervision.
A label with this word on it means the product contains no artificial ingredients or added color and was minimally processed. There must be a statement explaining what the term natural means (i.e. no artificial ingredients; minimally processed).
This label means the item was grown without pesticides, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. The animal was not given any antibiotics or growth hormones during its life.
The Non-GMO Project Verified Seal shows that a product was made according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidamce.
“Food Labeling: Meat and Poultry . . .” United States Department of Agriculture, www.fsis.usda.gov, 4/12/11
“Welcome to Animal Welfare Approved,” www.animalwelfareapproved.org, 2012
“What Does ‘Organic’ Mean?” www.organic.org
"What does “Non-GMO Project Verified seal” mean?" The Non-GMO Project, www.nongmoproject.org, 2014.