How Much Do You Know About Food Labels?
Jacqueline Ho | June 23, 2014 June 19, 2014
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Food labeled as “certified naturally grown” was not grown on a farm certified by the USDA.
True! “Certified naturally grown” means that the food was grown using the same standards as those for organic, unlike “all natural,” which holds no standard definition. The farm on which “certified naturally grown” foods are grown, however, is not certified by the National Organic Program of the USDA.
All poultry in grocery stores today are hormone-free.
True! Unless farmers are not following USDA guidelines, all poultry found in grocery stores today are hormone-free. Some poultry has a “hormone-free” label, but since the USDA prohibits giving hormones to chickens, the label doesn't actually mean much.
Poultry labeled as “American Grassfed” are required to be fed only grass during the growing season and must be pasture-raised.
False! The American Grassfed Association certifies that ruminant animals like beef and bison be fed only on pasture, but there are currently no specific certification standards for non-ruminant animals like chickens being grass-fed or pasture-raised.
All eggs are now required to have Omega-3 fatty acids.
True! Kind of a trick question. Eggs naturally have Omega-3 fatty acids, but some chickens are fed a special diet to increase the levels.
Poultry labeled as “cage-free” means that the birds were raised outdoors.
False! “Cage-free” just means that the birds were not raised in a cage; they still generally spend their time indoors.
Food labeled as “organic” must contain 100 percent organic ingredients, as required by the USDA.
False! The USDA requires that organic food products contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients but does not require 100 percent.