What is Meant by “Naturally Raised” Meats?

by JR Meats on May 12, 2015

Naturally raised is a voluntary standard, which producers may request through the USDA. Not as stringent as organic standards, it is similar in several ways:

  • Livestock must be raised without growth hormones or antibiotics.
  • Livestock must never be fed animal byproducts derived from the harvest process. This includes meat and fat, animal waste materials and aquatic byproducts.
  • Ionophores (antibiotic molecules naturally synthesized by microorganisms) to prevent parasites are allowed to be used.

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

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