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As we push our carts through the grocery store, we see lots of different claims on packaging. Maybe we’re being told how the animals were raised (such as “cage-free” or “pasture-raised”), what they were given to eat (a “vegetarian diet”? “grassfed”?), what they were NOT given (“no added hormones”), or perhaps the producer wants us to know that the animals were “humanely raised” or “raised with care”…and much, much more.


But, who makes sure these claims are accurate?

Certainly, in order to make claims on foods, a division of either the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (depending on the type of product) gives the final go-ahead. But, increasing numbers of leading farmers and ranchers are answering that growing cry from consumers all asking for even MORE information.

We want to know more about the foods we eat and share with our friends and families. And, we deserve to know.

So, that’s why Where Food Comes From helps.

 

We partner with those pioneering producers who raise the plants and the animals you may enjoy. We, as independent auditors and certifiers, go to their farms and ranches, and review and assess their operations, documents and records, and even their actual plants and animals. And, if everything is as it should be, we—without any bias or conflict of interest—give you that assurance that the claim is indeed accurate and give them that level of transparency and authentication they want to provide you.

 

So, why verify? Because you deserve that closer look from an unbiased eye. Because it’s about the food you and your family eat. And, because those farmers and ranchers who have nothing to hide deserve full transparency.

The process goes something like this:

 

Independent, third-party verification is the only way to ensure that a claim is valid and that the assessment has been made completely free of any conflict of interest or bias that could potentially influence that certification. But, how can we be sure that the independent, third-party verifier is knowledgeable? Has good practices? Is trained to review and determine compliance to different guidelines or standards? How do we know that the verifier is in fact “independent”?

Luckily, there are a handful of accredited standards bodies that are recognized here in the United States and even around the world. These bodies have not only set the foundation for the rules and protocols of true, independent, third-party verification, but they even audit and review verifiers themselves!

They include:

  • USDA PVP
  • USDA LS QSA
  • ISO Guide 65
  • GLOBALGAP