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Beef Buyers Guide

How to buy the healthiest beef at the grocery store.

What Labels Mean continued...

Certified Organic: This USDA-regulated term means that all feed given to cows must be certified organic, which means no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, animal by-products or other additives. Cows raised to meet certified organic standards also must have access to pasture.

Certified Humane Raised & Handled: Overseen by a nonprofit endorsed by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States, this label ensures your cow received basic standards of care. For example, in conditions of extreme heat sun shades and water-cooling systems must be available to cattle. Feed must be fresh. Cattle must have sufficient room to lie down in their normal positions in a clean area.

Storage Tips

Refrigerate or freeze beef as soon as possible after purchase. If refrigerating beef, be sure to cook it or freeze it by the "Use By" date on the package. If freezing beef for longer than two weeks, wrap in heavy-duty foil, freezer paper or freezer bags to prevent freezer burn. Frozen beef should be defrosted in the refrigerator, never at room temperature, to prevent bacterial growth.

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