Terms and Certifiers Associated with
American Humane Certified
Created by the American Humane Association, American Humane Certified is the first third-party certifying body in the U.S. specializing in the welfare of livestock and poultry.
American Humane Association has established comprehensive, science-based standards for pork, beef, poultry and dairy to help ensure that farms raising livestock and poultry under their certification improve the welfare of animals.
Sustainably Sourced Seafood
MSC – Marine Stewardship Council
MSC is an international non-profit organization created to address the problem ofunsustainable fishing and works to safeguard wild-caught seafood supplies. The blue MSC eco-label on a seafood product means that it is fully traceable to sustainable fisheries that have been certified to the global MSC standard.
BAP – Best Aquaculture Practices (Farmed)
The Global Aquaculture Alliance coordinates the development of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification standards in seafood for farms, feed mills, hatcheries and processing facilities. The BAP star system indicates integration levels of certification along the aquaculture production chain.
- 1 Star – Product produced by a BAP-certified processing plant
- 2 Stars – Product produced by a BAP-certified processing plant and BAP-certified farm(s) only
- 3 Stars – Product produced by a BAP-certified processing plant and BAP-certified farm(s) only, and BAP-certified hatchery and/or feed mill
- 4 Stars – Product produced by a BAP-certified processing plant, BAP-certified farm(s) only, BAP-certified hatchery only and BAP-certified feed mill only
FIP – Fishery Improvement Project
A FIP is an alliance of wild-caught-seafood buyers, suppliers and producers working together to improve specific fisheries by encouraging better policies around illegal fishing, by-catch and habitat impacts. The end goal of a FIP is to ensure the long-term viability of the fishery and usually ends in certification.
USDA Organic Items
There are three levels of USDA certification specifying varying degrees of organic products in a food. All organic ingredients are non-GMO and free of synthetic substances in accordance with USDA regulations. They are raised without chemical pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers, and livestock is raised without antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones. Organic products are segregated in production and must be certified by a USDA-approved certifying agent.
Non-GMO Project Verified products do not contain any genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which means they have not been genetically altered in any way. Packaging with the Non-GMO Project Verified seal conveys that the product has been produced using non-GMO practices as certified by a third party.