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Natural / All-Natural


This term is defined by the USDA only for meat products, which should be only minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients or added colors. As defined, the term is broad enough to cover most meats. The label may be added to products at the meat manufacturer’s discretion—the USDA does not investigate every claim. On produce and packaged food labels, “natural” is a marketing term, suggesting that the product was created without the use of artificial ingredients. However, this term is not regulated or verified by a third-party certifier for non-meat products and is open to wide interpretation.

Example of Natural / All-Natural:

Natural certified beef are popular amongst the health conscious communities. As no artificial ingredients are being used in the processes, many people believe it to be healthier than conventional beefs.
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