A Greener World (AGW) Animal Welfare Certification

The only label that guarantees animals are raised outdoors on pasture or range for their entire lives on an independent farm using truly sustainable, high-welfare farming practices.


Antibiotic Free and "Free of Antibiotic Residues" means Farmers may choose to use antibiotics to treat or prevent sickness in animals. Even if an animal is given an antibiotic, farmers and processers must allow a specific amount of time to pass before that animal is legal to slaughter.

ABF Verified

When the terms "No Antibiotics Ever", "Never Given Antibiotics", or "Raised Without Antibiotics" are included on a product's packaging, that means no antibiotics were given to the animal for the entirety of their life for any reason.

Allergy Friendly

Currently there is no US law regarding what that means and who can put that label on their food item. They also use terms as "Allergen Free" and "Allergy Safe"

American Grassfed Certified

Animals were fed a lifetime diet of 100% forage, were raised on pasture, not in confinemen and were never treated with added hormones or antibiotics

American Humane Certified

This label means that the animals were raised on farms that met the farm animal welfare standards of the American Humane Association

Animal Welfare Approved - Animal Welfare International

This third-party verified label promises that animals are raised humanely outside on true family farms on pasture or range. Requires animals to be raised on pasture or range —Prohibits dual production.Incorporates the most comprehensive standards for high welfare farming.

Animal Welfare Certified

The only label that guarantees animals are raised outdoors on pasture or range for their entire lives on an independent farm using truly sustainable, high-welfare farming practices.

Aqucuslture Stewardship Council (ASC)

ASC sets individual standards for best environmental and social aquaculture performance for 12 specific species. ASC offers a separate chain of custody certification and applies the segregation and identity preservation of supply chain traceability to its products.

Audubon Certified

Audubon and its partner ranchers employ a variety of tactics to manage the land upon which cows graze. Together, these tactics are what leads to Audubon's certification that certain beef products are produced with bird-friendly land-management practices.


All Seafood is rated Green or Yellow by the Marine Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. All proteins must have a pack or production date All proteins must have spent less than 1 year of time in the freezer All proteins must meet have one of the following antibiotic free USDA Label Claims or Certifications. Certifications include: Food Alliance Certified, USDA Organic, Animal Welfare Approved or Global Animcal Partnership Any meat with a USDA Process Verified label and the following claims meets Bon Appetit’s Antibiotics requirements: · “Raised without antibiotics” , “No antibiotics administered”, “No added antibiotics”

Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)

The BAP program employs a star system to signify the integration levels of BAP certification along the aquaculture production chain. These stars are displayed on the BAP logo and appear on packaging for a variety of farmed seafood products worldwide. Product produced by a BAP-certified processing plant, BAP-certified farm(s) only, BAP-certified hatchery only and BAP-certified feed mill only.

Cage Free Broilers

On a chicken label, the claim adds no value. Unlike for laying hens, it is not common industry practice to confine chickens raised for slaughter in cages.

Cage-Free Eggs

According to the USDA, this claim indicates the eggs came from hens who were "never confined to a cage and have had unlimited access to food, water, and the freedom to roam,"The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) verifies "cage free" claims when made by USDA-inspected egg producers. The claim is not verified when used on non-USDA inspected eggs.

Certified Angus Beef

The Certified Angus Beef brand ensures incredibly flavorful, tender and juicy beef due to high amounts of marbling in every cut. Only the best of the Choice and Prime grades is considered for our premium label. Then beef must pass the brand’s 10 science-based specifications for quality.

Certified Humane Raised & Handled

Certification is run by Humane Farm Animal Care, which defines space requirements and is known for its strict protocols and auditing, including treatment of breeding animals. Continuous access to pasture is not required. Feedlots are permitted for beef cattle.

Certified Naturally Grown

"The seal means that the farm meets the Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) standards, which are based on the USDA organic standards for crops and livestock. These standards promote a sustainable system of agriculture, requiring responsible soil management and prohibiting the use of synthetic fertilizers, most synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, and artificial hormones.

Certified Pesticide Residue Free

Certification is proof that your products contain no pesticide residues within the limits of laboratory detection.

Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use (CRAU)

Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use refers to poultry that has only received antibiotics for therapeutic use. Therapeutic use refers to the use of antibiotics in poultry diagnosed with bacterial disease (treatment), or the use of antibiotics after poultry is exposed to infectious bacteria but before onset of clinical signs.


Choice beef is high quality, but has less marbling than Prime. Choice roasts and steaks from the loin and rib will be very tender, juicy, and flavorful and are suited for dry-heat cooking.

Colorado Proud

The Colorado Proud badge marks products grown, raised or manufactured in Colorado by producers participating in this CO Department of Agriculture program.


Pork raised without the use of either gestation or farrow crates.

Dairy Free

No regulatory definition exists for the term, dairy-free. That means that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has not established any regulations regarding use of that terminology on package labels.

Demeter Certified Biodynamic

The Demeter Biodynamic® Farm Standard is a comprehensive organic farming method that requires the creation and management of a closed system minimally dependent on imported materials, and instead meets its needs from the living dynamics of the farm itself.

Dolphin Safe

NOAA Fisheries' Tuna Tracking and Verification Program is the only program recognized by the U.S. Government that legally satisfies all applicable federal regulations regarding dolphin-safe certification.

Egg Free

FALCPA requires food manufacturers to label food products that contain an ingredient that is or contains protein from a major food allergen in one of two ways: on the label or in the statement, Contains Egg


Sourced to be always available as a convenience for you (pending market availability). Everyday products are items we stock under a traditional procurement model to offer customers consistent, predictable supply (pending market availability).

FAC - Food Alliance Certified

Food Alliance certification is a voluntary means for agricultural producers and food companies to address growing customer demand for traceability, transparency, and social and environmental responsibility.

Fair Trade USA Certified

A choice for Fair Trade Certified™ goods is a choice to support responsible companies, empower farmers, workers, and fishermen, and protect the environment. In other words, it’s a world-changing way of doing business.

Fair Trade USA Wild Capture

Wild capture certification Certifies groups of small- to medium-scale fishermen and processing facilities prior to export Includes environmental, social, and economic issues Help fisheries demonstrate that they achieve a high level of social performance and are continually improving their level of environmental performance.

Fairtrade America Certified

Businesses work with Fairtrade America to make sure that their supply chains are helping, not harming, farmers. We connect them to other companies and farms that are already certified and have met the rigorous Fairtrade standards.

Farm to Fork

Ingredient or product comes from small farms and ranches located within 150 miles of their kitchens that are registered through this program.

Fish Free

FALCPA requires food manufacturers to label food products that contain an ingredient that is or contains protein from a major food allergen in one of two ways: on the label or in the statement, "Contains Fish."

Food Alliance Certified Optional Grass-Fed Certification

Another Grass-Fed certification designed to give third-party verification to producer claims

Food Justice Certified – Agricultural Justice Project

Food Justice Certification (FJC) is the gold standard for labor and trade practices in North America.

FoS Wild catch and Aquaculture

FoS sets standards for best environmental and social performance for inland salt and fresh water aquaculture, marine aquaculture, mussels culture, prawn culture, wild-catch fisheries as well as fishmeal and fish oil.

Free Range

The USDA allows the use of these claims on poultry products if the farmer submits testimonials and affidavits describing the conditions under which the birds are raised. the USDA informally defines free range for poultry as having "continuous, free access to the outdoors for over 51 percent" of the birds' lives.

Free Range Eggs

The USDA’s (and industry standard) definition for “Free Range” is that birds must have “outdoor access” or “access to the outdoors.” In some cases, this can mean access only through a “pop hole,” with no full-body access to the outdoors and no minimum space requirement.

Free Roaming/Pastured Fed/Pasture Grown/Meadow Raised (beef, bison, lamb, goat, pork)

Free Roaming, Pastured Fed, Pasture Grown, Meadow Raised. These claims are also acceptable when the animal from which the products are derived has continuous free access to the outdoors for a minimum of 120 days a year.

Fresh to Frozen

The terms "fresh frozen" and "frozen fresh," when used on the label or in labeling of a food, mean that the food was quickly frozen while still fresh (i.e., the food had been recently harvested when frozen). Blanching of the food before freezing will not preclude use of the term "fresh frozen" to describe the food. "Quickly frozen" means frozen by a freezing system such as blast-freezing (sub-zero Fahrenheit temperature with fast moving air directed at the food) that ensures the food is frozen, even to the center of the food, quickly and that virtually no deterioration has taken place.

GAP Aqua Culture Certified

GLOBALG.A.P. certifies aquaculture farms in 23 countries,14 and covers issues related to food safety as well as environmental and social sustainability.

Gestation Crate Free

Pork that is raised without the use of gestration crates. AWA and GAP both have definitions that qualify for their third-party certification.

Global Animal Partnership's 5-Step Program

The 5‐Step® Animal Welfare Rating program assesses the welfare of animals on‐farm, during transport, at collection points and at slaughter. Products can be rated 1-5 with 5 being the highest mark. .

Gluten Free

Product must have a presence of gluten less than 20 ppm.

Grain Finished

Corn-fed, also known as conventional or grain-fed, is the most widely produced kind of beef in the U.S. This is the product most consumers see in the meat case at the supermarket.

Grass Fed Claim

The term grass-fed is confusing because even conventionally raised beef cattle graze on pasture for the first six to 12 months, before they’re shipped to a feedlot and finished on grain. Uncertified “grass-fed” claims could mean the animal was finished on grain, negating any of the omega-3 benefits of a purely grass-fed (and -finished) beef product.

Grass Fed Verified

As a labeling claim on meat, “grass fed and finished” means the cows were only (100%) fed grass after being weaned from their mother's milk. Search for grass fed in search bar for all grass fed products.


For meat products, Halal certifies that the animals were slaughtered in a single cut, thoroughly bled, and their meat have not been in contact with animals slaughtered otherwise and, especially, with pork. All Halal food must never have come into contact with, touch or be close to a Haram substance during preparation, making, production, manufacture processing and/or storage.

Heart Healthy

Products must meet nutrition requirements that are based on science recommendations from American Heart Association statements


Cosmetic imperfections such as mis-sized/shaped or overly ripe. May not meet grade (dependent on transaction terms and USDA standards).


Food that was grown, raised or processed in another country and has been brought into the USA by an importer. This process is overseen by the FDA.


Individually quick-frozen (IQF) is a method that does not allow large ice crystals to form in vegetable cells.


This food is certified Kosher and produced according to Jewish dietary law that says animals must be killed humanely and prohibits dairy and meat from being in the same product. To be certified Kosher, all ingredients in every product—and the process of preparing the product—must be certified for orthodox kosher-compliance too.


Localmeans that the product was grown, raised or produced in the state that it is being sold or within 400 miles of the distribution center.

Low Carb

That's where experts say the marketing is way ahead of the science. Unlike "low-calorie" or "reduced-fat" claims, the FDA has not legally defined what "low-carbohydrate" means.

Marine Bay Aquarium Green

A green rating from the MBA Seafood Watchindicates that the source has a high level of environmental sustainability/responsibility, but the responsibility for verifying the claim and ensuring traceability lies with the business purchasing from the source.

Marine Bay Aquarium Yellow

A yellow rating indicates that the source is a good alternative with some environmental concerns.

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

The MSC certification is regarded as the highest rating of sustainable wild caught seafood ensuring that the best environmental practices are used from the fishing boat to the plate.

Milk Free

FALCPA requires food manufacturers to label food products that contain an ingredient that is or contains protein from a major food allergen in one of two ways: on the label or in the statement, "Contains Milk."

Natural/All Natural

The FDA has considered the term "natural" to mean that nothing artificial or synthetic (including all color additives regardless of source) has been included in, or has been added to, a food that would not normally be expected to be in that food.

No growth-promoting antibiotics

The claim is not meaningful because pharmaceutical companies are no longer selling medically important antibiotics specifically for the purpose of promoting growth in food animals.

No High Fructose Corn Syrup

If the label on a grocery store product proclaims it has "no high fructose corn syrup," that doesn't mean the product is free of added sugars. Tossing high fructose corn syrup off an ingredients list has more to do with marketing than with science.

No Hormones Administered

The term "no hormones administered" may be approved for use on the label of beef products if sufficient documentation is provided to the Agency by the producer showing no hormones have been used in raising the animals.

No Roll

A term used to describe beef that has not been graded by the USDA. Beef carcasses graded by the USDA have a grading stamp rolled on the exterior fat of the carcass to identify the grade of the meat.


The Non-GMO Project Verified seal gives shoppers the assurance that a product has completed a comprehensive third-party verification for compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard: no bioengineered or genetically modified (GM) ingredients or animal feed were used in the production of produce, meat, poultry, or egg products.

Non-GMO Label for Meat

No bioengineered or genetically modified (GM) ingredients or animal feed were used in the production of meat, poultry, or egg products.


Indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods by the USDA . For produce, no pesticides or fertilizers were used. For meat, dairy, and eggs all animals are fed 100% organic feed and forage, and not administered antibiotics or hormones. All organic products are Non-GMO.


Sourced as Out-of-Spec that didn’t meet a cosmetic, quality, packing, or dating requirement. The longtime FoodMaven Supply definition of Out of Spec includes any product that is out of supplier or customer specifications.


Oversupply refers to product for which there is not an immediate buyer. The reasons for this can vary by category but can include: lower customer demand than expected/slow sales; bumper crop years; overproduction, etc.

Pasture Raised

Suggests that the animals were raised on or with access to a pasture. However, government agencies that oversee food labeling do not have a common standard for a “pasture raised” claim and do not require third-party verification or on-farm inspection.

Pasture Raised Eggs

Pasture-raised is not regulated by the USDA. But in order for pasture-raised eggs to also be labeled certified humane, it means that the ladies were given ample space to roam outdoors

Peanut Free

FALCPA requires food manufacturers to label food products that contain an ingredient that is or contains protein from a major food allergen in one of two ways: on the label or in the statement, "Contains Peanut."

PHO Free

The product does not contain any partially hydrogenated oils.


Prime beef is produced from young, well-fed beef cattle. It has abundant marbling (the amount of fat interspersed with lean meat), and is generally sold in restaurants and hotels.

Rainforest Alliance Certified

In order to become certified, farms must meet criteria of the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard.

Regenerative Certified Organic

Regenerative Certified Organic is the “beyond organic” label, designed to distinguish farms that are doing more to improve soil heath, manage the land, sequester carbon, care for animals, and provide a work place where farmers are treated fairly.

Salmon Safe

The product was produced in a way that keeps Pacific Northwest rivers clean for native salmon to thrive and reproduce through practices such as limiting pesticides, planting riverside trees and improving irrigation — all verified by a third-party certifier


Select beef is very uniform in quality and normally leaner than the higher grades. It is fairly tender, but, because it has less marbling, it may lack some of the juiciness and flavor of the higher grades.

Shellfish Free

FALCPA requires food manufacturers to label food products that contain an ingredient that is or contains protein from a major food allergen in one of two ways: on the label or in the statement, "Contains Shellfish."

Soy Free

FALCPA requires food manufacturers to label food products that contain an ingredient that is or contains protein from a major food allergen in one of two ways: on the label or in the statement, "Contains Soy."

Transitional Organic

Although there is growing demand for organic food, less than 1 percent of U.S. farmland is Certified Organic. Transitioning from conventional to organic growing methods takes three years and farmers are not compensated for this initial investment; an investment that is often cost prohibitive for small to medium-sized farms.

Tree Nut Free

FALCPA requires food manufacturers to label food products that contain an ingredient that is or contains protein from a major food allergen in one of two ways: on the label or in the statement, "Contains Tree Nut."

United Egg Producers Certified

Egg farmers are committed to providing the best care possible for their hens. To demonstrate this commitment, United Egg Producers (UEP) developed guidelines for optimal hen well-being – guidelines that are backed by decades of research and recommendations from an independent Scientific Advisory Committee

USDA Angus

This specification is for certification by an Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) grader, of U.S. Prime and Choice steer and heifer beef carcasses which: (a) are derived from cattle that meet the phenotypic or genotypic (AngusSource®) requirements of the USDA Specification.

USDA Grassfed Process Verified

This program requires that ruminant animals be fed only grass and forage, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. Animals certified under this program cannot be fed grain or grain by-products and must have continuous access to pasture during the growing season.

USDA Process Verified

The USDA Process Verified Program is a verification service that offers applicants a unique way to market their products to customers using clearly defined, implemented, and transparent process points.


The Certified Vegan Logo is a registered trademark for products that do not contain animal products or byproducts and that have not been tested on animals.

Vegeterian Fed

Vegetarian Feed claim along with a USDA PVP Seal signifies that the animal has eaten a 100% vegetarian diet

Wheat Free

FALCPA requires food manufacturers to label food products that contain an ingredient that is or contains protein from a major food allergen in one of two ways: on the label or in the statement, "Contains Wheat."

Whole Grain Stamp

There are three different varieties of the Whole Grain Stamp: the 100% Stamp, the 50%+ Stamp, and the Basic Stamp.