What is Meant by “Certified Humane Raised and Handled?

by JR Meats on May 12, 2015

The Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) is an international non-profit organization that developed and regulates humane raised and handled certification. These qualifications must be met for all non-poultry livestock:


  • A standard minimum of shelter must be available per head of livestock.
  • Efforts must be made to minimize stress through gentle handling techniques.
  • Cages, crates and tie-stalls are forbidden.
  • Animals must be free to act in natural ways.
  • Food safety and environmental rules and regulations must be followed.
  • All standards set forth by American Meat Institute (AMI) must be met, which exceed federal standards.

Material excerpt from “Decoding our Food Supply”, Grit Magazine, December 2014

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