GAP Animal Welfare Certified
Do you know where your meat comes from? In the past few years, more consumers have started asking questions about sourcing which has forced the agriculture industry to become more transparent, develop more rigorous certifications, and provide education around farming practices and animal welfare standards. Global Animal Partnership (GAP) was created in response to industry demands, and is one of the largest animal welfare standards and labeling organizations in North America. Established in 2008, GAP impacts the welfare of over 416 million animals each year through third-party certification of more than 3,800 farms, supplying products to over 5,000 outlets.
What Is GAP Certification?
Grounded in science and backed by a diverse group of animal and agriculture experts, GAP has developed a rigorous, multi-tiered set of animal welfare standards across multiple species. These multi-tiered requirements tell you how the animal was raised. The higher the tier, the more the environment mimics the animal’s natural environment.
Benefits of GAP Certification
GAP works with independent, third-party certifiers who audit and certify each and every farm in the program (not just a sample of farms) to ensure that the 120+ animal welfare standards are being followed. GAP’s animal welfare certification verifies that animals raised with antibiotics, added hormones, or animal by-products are not marketed under the GAP label. GAP believes that meaningful label claims, validated by third-party audits on every farm, are key to influencing the industry, raising consumer expectations, and creating long-lasting change for farm animals.
Tips for Supporting GAP Certification
When you shop brands that have GAP Certification, you’re helping support a better food future for all. Start with the Global Animal Partnership website, where you can read about its regulations and standards, and to learn more about the labeling program. Next, when you’re out shopping, talk to your butchers and ask questions about the farmers they work with. Of course, you can also pick up your meat From Thrive Market, which makes it easy to shop your values.
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Thrive Market is proud to offer GAP Animal Welfare Certified products, and we’re starting with our own frozen meat line.
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