What is ‘USDA process verified’?

USDA process verified label
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USDA Process Verified – Companies with approved USDA Process Verified Programs are able to make marketing claims associated with their process verified points such as age, source, feeding practices, or other raising and processing claims and market themselves as “USDA Process Verified” with use of the “USDA Process Verified” shield and term. (Source: USDA)
To receive approval for a Process Verified Program, a company is obligated to:
  1. Present a detailed program to the USDA with support for why this program is appropriate and accurate
  2. Implement the program successfully
  3. Pass continual audits from the USDA AMS auditors
  4. If new validated practices evolve in the future, the program must change to include these new practices
Perdue is the first poultry company to have a “USDA Process Verified” program. Process Verified means that Perdue has been evaluated and verified by the USDA in the following two areas:
  • All vegetarian fed – Chickens are fed a high quality vegetarian diet, with no animal by-products.
  • Raised cage free – Perdue chickens are free to roam within the chicken houses.

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USDA Develops New GMO-Free Certification And Label For Foods

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.

USDA’s move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of the genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

The certification is the first of its kind and would be voluntary — and companies would have to pay for it. If approved, the foods would be able to carry a “USDA Process Verified” label along with a claim that they are free of GMOs.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack outlined the department’s plan in a May 1 letter to employees, saying the certification was being done at the request of a “leading global company,” which he did not identify. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press.

Right now, there are no government labels that only certify a food as GMO-free. Many companies use a private label developed by a nonprofit called the Non-GMO Project. The USDA organic label also certifies that foods are free of genetically modified ingredients, but many non-GMO foods aren’t organic.

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