The Certified Humane option

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You see it on our website and we mention it often in our newsletters but what does it mean to you? Buy Pederson’s certified humane all natural bacon, ham and sausage.

The Certified Humane Raised and Handled® program is a certification and labeling program that is the only animal welfare label requiring the humane treatment of farm animals from birth through slaughter. The goal of the program is to improve the lives of farm animals by driving consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices. When you see the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label on a product you can be assured that the food products have come from facilities that meet precise, objective standards for farm animal treatment.

The Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label assures consumers:

  • That the producer meets our standards and applies them to animals from birth through slaughter.
  • Animals have ample space, shelter and gentle handling to limit stress.
  • Ample fresh water and a healthy diet of quality feed, without added antibiotics or hormones.
  • Cages, crates and tie stalls are among the forbidden practices, and animals must be free to do what comes naturally. For example, chickens are able to flap their wings and dust bathe, and pigs have the space to move around and root.

Producers must comply with food safety and environmental regulations. Processors must comply with the American Meat Institute Standards (AMI), a higher standard for slaughtering farm animals than the federal Humane Slaughter Act.

Comments 6

  1. Michael

    So, who are your livestock producers and where are they located? Who (specifically and how often) inspects their methods/conditions/processes?

    Just curious.
    Thanks!
    Michael

    1. admin

      Michael,

      We use several sources but our primary source for pork is duBreton, they do a great job of explaining the process on their website http://www.dubreton.com/en/faq/ if you are interested in checking them out.

      Our farmers participate in the Certified Humane program and apply, by completing a lengthy application. After the HFAC office receives and reviews the application, and determines if it meets the standards, an inspector is assigned to do the inspection. The inspector performs an onsite inspection, including interviews with staff, review of records, and observation and evaluation of operating procedures. Handling and slaughter inspections in conjunction with those animals are also conducted. If the entire operation meets all the standards and the producer passes the inspection, the producer is certified for a one-year period and subsequently allowed to carry the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® logo on its products. Each certified producer must reapply and be re-inspected annually in order to maintain certification.

      Inspections include the entire process, the slaughter process as well and traceability – to make sure the product in the packages/cartons or meat case came from the animals that were inspected.

      I hope this help, please let us know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks
      Stacy Dudley

  2. Cooking Cowboy

    Kim,

    Thanks for the comment! We do not currently have any retailers in your area. However we are working hard to secure some business up that way. Who is it that you would like see carrying the product and I will go after them first.

    Thanks again!

    Cooking Cowboy

  3. Kathryn

    Could you please clarify whether all your meat products are “Certified Humane,” or only the packages that carry the Certified Humane logo? I went to the Certified Humane website looking for a source of certified bacon and it lists Pederson’s at Whole Foods markets, but none of the Pederson’s bacon products there had the Certified Humane logo nor any other indication of humane standards.

    Thanks.

    1. admin

      Hi Kathryn,

      Thanks so much for contacting us. We actually source our meat from two different companies. One of them carries the “Certified Humane” certification while the other does not. However, the other company absolutely raises their hogs humanely. For further information about just how they do that, please see their website: http://www.truebridgefoods.com/home.html We think it is a fantastic educational resource for consumers. We hope this answers your question.

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