Eggplant parm A label that states “USDA Process Verified” grass-fed is a claim that means the meat or animal product came from an animal that was raised throughout life on a diet that was comprised of 99% grass and forage, such as legumes. The animal also had access to pasture during most of its growing season. The benefit here is that a few studies show that meat from these animals is healthier than meat from animals fed more grain or even that were grass fed but “grain-finished.” It doesn’t necessarily mean the animal did not receive antibiotics. Ideally, the package also should have a seal that says “USDA Organic” or “USDA-verified no antibiotics administered.” In contrast, the American Grassfed logo certifies that the animal was fed only grass and is antibiotic free.

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