Posted 15 September 2003 - 08:09 AM
Are there regulations that have to be met in order to label meat "natural," and if so, what are they?
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Posted 17 September 2003 - 10:01 AM
alike, but the USDA has developed very specific definitions of such
terms as natural, organic, certified, etc. In fact, the USDA's
definition of organic is in excess of 500 pages long.
Here is a link to the USDA Web site that defines many labeling terms and
the USDA's definitions.
Essentially, the term "natural" by USDA standards means "minimally
processed," i.e. does not fundamentally alter the raw product. The use
of subtherapeutic antibiotics and supplemental hormones ARE allowed.
By comparison, to be labeled organic, cattle must raised on certified
organic fed throughout its lifetime. Subtherapeutic antibiotics and
supplemental hormones ARE NOT allowed.