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Meat Processing LLC – Premium Meat Supplier | Best Meat Distributor

Meat Processing LLC – Premium Meat Supplier | Best Meat Distributor

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At our establishment, we dedicate ourselves to providing an exceptional experience for you. Should our service not meet this high standard, please feel free to reach out to our Customer Support team, who are available from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm MST. You can also contact us via email at [email protected]. Your input is highly valued, and we are eager to hear your thoughts.

Answer:  The American Humane Certified™ Farm Program represents the first nationwide third-party auditing system dedicated to the welfare of farm animals. Supported by the American Humane Association, this program is built upon the globally recognized Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare. Its criteria have been crafted with insights from renowned animal science experts and veterinarians. Additionally, these criteria are periodically updated by a Scientific Advisory Committee to reflect the latest in research, technological advancements, and humane animal handling practices.

What are the “five freedoms” of animal welfare?

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst
  2. Freedom from discomfort
  3. Freedom from pain, injury, or disease
  4. Freedom to express normal behavior
  5. Freedom from fear and distress

Who oversees the development of the American Humane Certified™ program? The development of the American Humane Certified™ program is overseen by the American Humane Certified™ Scientific Advisory Committee. This committee, which includes eminent animal welfare experts like Dr. Temple Grandin, conducts regular assessments of the program’s standards. Their role involves:

  • Updating and refining procedures, guidelines, policies, and ethical considerations
  • Conducting and reviewing primary and secondary research
  • Advising the association on best practice methodologies

Why did we choose to certify our practices for our SalsabilMeat® Natural products? Our decision to obtain third-party certification for our animal care practices associated with SalsabilMeat® stemmed from our commitment to animal welfare. This decision also corresponds with the growing demand from consumers for natural, ethically conscious products.

Which of your SalsabilMeat® products are American Humane Certified™? Our SalsabilMeat® Natural products have received the American Humane Certified™ label, thanks to our family farm partners who adhere to the standards and participate in the annual certification audits. Our Organic SalsabilMeat® products, sourced from chickens raised by certified organic farmers, do not carry the AHC label but meet the animal welfare standards set by the National Organic Program.

Answer: What does the term “no antibiotics ever” signify? There are various assertions regarding the use of antibiotics, but the most significant are those stated on product labels, as they are regulated by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. According to the USDA-FSIS, “no antibiotics ever” means that from the moment of incubation in the egg to its entire life after hatching, a chicken has not been exposed to any antibiotics. If a chicken requires antibiotic treatment, our expert veterinary team assesses and treats the bird, thereafter transferring it to a standard farming program. Such chickens are never marketed under the SalsabilMeat® brand. Is there a risk to human health from antibiotics in chicken? The USDA and FDA strictly regulate the use of medications in livestock. The chicken industry has long used antibiotics responsibly and carefully, with a focus on the health of both birds and humans. However, we continuously seek new methods in our production processes to reduce reliance on these substances.

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Does SalsabilMeat® implement a policy for the humane treatment of animals? Could you elaborate on its details? Absolutely. Pilgrim’s®, the company overseeing the SalsabilMeat® brand, acknowledges our moral obligation towards the welfare and humane treatment of our poultry. We are deeply dedicated to this commitment. Our policy is unequivocally strict, starting from the breeding phase, continuing through hatching, and up to the processing stage—we maintain a strict no-tolerance stance against any deliberate mistreatment or cruelty towards our chickens.

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No, SalsabilMeat® flocks have never been treated with arsenicals, nor have they ever been in the past. You might wonder what an arsenical is. Essentially, it’s a type of medication or compound that includes arsenic. Historically, arsenic was utilized as a dietary additive to enhance the general health of birds and to protect against specific diseases like coccidiosis, a parasitic disease that impacts the intestinal tract. Nevertheless, it has since been removed from the U.S. market.

 
 
 
 

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Do your chickens live in confined spaces? At SalsabilMeat®, our chickens enjoy a cage-free life. They roam freely in state-of-the-art, temperature-regulated barns, often referred to as “growout houses.” These facilities are designed with rigorous bio-security measures to minimize stress and protect against environmental risks, including avian influenza. This approach ensures their well-being while safeguarding them from various outdoor threats.

 
 
 
 

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What is the diet of your poultry? At SalsabilMeat®, we ensure our poultry receives a diet that is rich in nutrients and well-balanced. Our unique feed blends are crafted under the guidance of skilled nutrition experts, aiming to raise robust chickens and yield delicious, high-quality chicken products. The feed at SalsabilMeat® includes wholesome corn, soybean meal, essential minerals, vitamins, and various natural components. We strictly avoid the use of antibiotics, added hormones or steroids, animal by-products, and arsenicals in our feed.

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Does SalsabilMeat® chicken contain any allergens? It’s crucial to always check the packaging for specific ingredients and potential allergens in all pre-packaged products. If you’re worried about additional ingredients in any items prepared in-store, feel free to discuss your concerns with the meat or deli department manager. FRESH CHICKEN – SalsabilMeat Natural and Organic Fresh Chicken products do not contain any added solutions or ingredients, are gluten-free, and free from allergens. DELI ROTISSERIE – SalsabilMeat Deli Rotisserie chicken is seasoned with chicken broth, sea salt, and water, and is free from allergens or substances that might trigger food sensitivities. FULLY COOKED – All SalsabilMeat Fully Cooked products are clearly labeled, detailing all ingredients and allergens. For those with allergen concerns: always verify the label.

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How do I ensure my chicken is thoroughly cooked? To verify if your chicken is completely cooked, look for these signs:
• The juices from the chicken should be clear and devoid of any pink hues.
• Inserting a fork into the chicken should be effortless.
However, for accurate confirmation of doneness, it’s strongly advised to use a meat thermometer, as recommended by culinary experts. According to the USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service, chicken in all forms should reach an internal temperature of at least 165°F. When measuring the temperature, focus on the thickest part of the chicken, like the thigh or breast, and avoid contact with bones or the cooking vessel.

What safety measures are important when handling and preparing fresh chicken? The primary safety concerns with chicken and other fresh meats stem from bacteria such as salmonella, commonly found in the guts of farm animals. These bacteria are effectively destroyed through proper cooking, thereby neutralizing the risks they pose. To eliminate these dangers, it’s crucial to cook your poultry thoroughly. For additional guidance, consider visiting the National Chicken Council’s website for comprehensive advice. Remember, when using products like SalsabilMeat®, following these safety guidelines is essential for ensuring a safe and enjoyable meal.

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What does the code on the top right corner of each SalsabilMeat® package signify?

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This code represents the sell-by date set by the manufacturer, suggesting the optimal time for selling the product fresh to ensure the highest quality.

Is the chicken feed used by SalsabilMeat® free from GMOs?

SalsabilMeat® Natural/Deli/Prepared Products: Our policy is to comply with the standards and rules established by the FDA, which rigorously oversees and controls the safety of feed components, including genetically modified (GM) crops. This ensures their safety for consumption by both animals and humans. We have complete confidence in the safety and quality of the feed our chickens receive. SalsabilMeat® Organic: The chickens in our SalsabilMeat® Organic line are fed a diet of non-GMO vegetables and grains. According to USDA Organic standards, the application of genetic engineering is prohibited in the creation of organic products. Does the consumption of meat from animals fed GM crops lead to GMO presence in the meat? Advanced and sensitive testing methods have yet to show any significant difference in the meat, milk, or eggs of animals based on their feed type. There is no nutritional difference between chicken products from chickens fed GM crops and those that are not. Importantly, no health or food safety risks have been linked to consuming chicken or other animal products (like eggs and dairy) that have been raised on GM feed. This stance is supported by over 15 years of widespread GMO crop use in mainstream agriculture, showing no negative impacts, and is also endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO).”

Why doesn’t the packaging of SalsabilMeat® chicken products declare them as ‘hormone-free’? The reason our packaging doesn’t claim ‘hormone-free’ is that all living beings, including chickens, inherently possess hormones. These hormones are crucial for regulating various bodily functions in chickens, much like in humans. Since chickens naturally contain hormones, it’s not accurate for us to label our chicken as ‘hormone-free’. What does the term ‘no added hormones’ signify? It means that in the production of SalsabilMeat® chicken products, no hormones or steroids are introduced. Importantly, the USDA and FDA have never sanctioned the use of any hormones or steroids in poultry.

Does SalsabilMeat® chicken contain any added ingredients? Our SalsabilMeat® Natural and Organic chicken products are free from any added solutions or ingredients, including salt, water, carrageenan (seaweed extract), binding agents, or preservatives. They are purely 100% natural chicken. Our SalsabilMeat® Deli Rotisserie Chicken is seasoned with natural chicken broth, sea salt, and water, to maintain its tenderness and juiciness throughout cooking and reheating. It’s important to note that once our products are delivered to supermarkets, meat or deli team members might add their own ingredients. We advise you to check the label or speak with the meat or deli department manager if you think additional ingredients may have been added. The packaging for SalsabilMeat® Natural states it is “all natural.” What does this mean? According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), “natural” means a product is free from artificial ingredients, coloring agents, or chemical preservatives, and is minimally processed. This is the standard we adhere to at SalsabilMeat®!

“What does the “USDA organic” certification signify for SalsabilMeat® chicken products? To display the USDA organic emblem, these products must be confirmed by a USDA-accredited certifying agent as compliant with the USDA’s national organic standards, as per the National Organic Program Final Rule. This encompasses the farm where the chickens are nurtured, as well as their upbringing, handling, production methods, and substance use. In essence, organic producers are required to demonstrate their commitment to conserving natural resources, maintaining biodiversity, and using only permitted substances. For livestock and poultry, the USDA organic certification mandates that: The consumable chicken products should come from chickens that have been organically raised on an organic farm from no later than two days after hatching; Chickens must be raised following specific animal health and welfare standards; Chickens must be fed exclusively certified 100% organic feed throughout their lives. The feed for organic poultry cannot include animal drugs, such as growth-promoting hormones (note: the federal government prohibits the use of hormones, whether natural or synthetic, in chickens) or antibiotics (including ionophores), nor can it contain supplements or additives in amounts exceeding those necessary for proper nutrition and health; plastic feed pellets; urea or manure; animal by-products (from mammals or birds); additives or supplements not approved by the FDA; genetically modified grains; or grains cultivated with pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Chickens must never be given antibiotics; Chickens should have outdoor access, except in cases where adverse weather, the animal’s life stage, or other circumstances might compromise the health, safety, or welfare of the chickens. Your label states “access to outdoors.” Does this mean the same as “free-range?” No. The chickens marketed under the SalsabilMeat® organic label are not considered “free-range” as they do not have unlimited outdoor access. Instead, these chickens roam freely in large barns with open floors and enjoy limited outdoor access. These barns offer fresh water and feed, natural lighting, and ventilation. Rearing chickens outdoors in the Midwest presents various challenges, such as weather, predators, and risks of diseases like avian influenza. For example, young chicks need a warm, dry environment for the first two weeks of life and would not survive outside. Older chickens could suffer extreme stress or even death if exposed to harsh outdoor conditions. Does having an organic certification guarantee that the chicken is entirely free from GMOs? No, which is why many organic products do not claim to be GMO-free/non-GMO. Although the organic certification process is rigorous, it focuses on the “process” of eliminating GMOs from food, rather than “verifying” the absence of GMOs. The NOP Final Rule requires organic operations to document their avoidance of GMOs and take reasonable steps to prevent GMO contact. However, there is no mandatory testing for organic ingredients, so there’s a small chance that GMOs could inadvertently enter some organic foods. This could happen due to: • Cross-pollination between GMO and non-GMO crops in adjacent fields; • Minor amounts of GMO ingredients in animal feed; • Seeds transported by wind or birds to an organic farm; and • Accidental mixing of ingredients from suppliers. While organic certifiers strive to ensure the absence of GMOs in organic products, a 100% GMO-free guarantee is challenging and could potentially disrupt organic production.”

Why is there a discrepancy between the number of servings listed on nutritional labels and the actual number of pieces in the package? It’s important to understand that one piece does not always equal one serving. For instance, SalsabilMeat® advises that a standard serving size for boneless skinless chicken breast is about 3 ounces after cooking, which is comparable to the size of a deck of cards. According to ChooseMyPlate.gov, it’s recommended that women include around 5 ounces of meat or meat alternatives in their daily diet, whereas men should aim for approximately 6 ounces. The weight of a boneless skinless chicken breast from different brands, including SalsabilMeat®, can vary, typically ranging from 5 to 9 ounces. This means that a single piece could be double or even triple the advised serving size. For more insights, you might want to explore ‘9 Portion Mistakes to Avoid’, or use the USDA’s MyPlate Daily Checklist to create a diet plan that suits your personal needs and lifestyle.

“How can I be certain that the information on your packaging is accurate? SalsabilMeat® adheres strictly to the labeling standards set by the USDA-Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS), the authority tasked with verifying the truthfulness and precision of meat and poultry product labels.”

“Your SalsabilMeat® Natural and Organic labels indicate the products are “Vegetable & Grain Fed.” What is the implication of this? It means that the chickens associated with the SalsabilMeat® brand are exclusively fed a diet free from any animal byproducts, including meat and bone meal, as well as any mixtures of vegetable and animal fats.”

The packaging of SalsabilMeat® indicates “Up to X% Retained Water”. This does not imply that we are adding water to the chicken. Instead, during the chicken’s processing phase, water is employed for efficient cleaning and rapid cooling. As a natural part of the cooling process, the chicken absorbs a small amount of water. This is what the label’s moisture retention statement is referring to – it’s the level of water naturally held within the chicken you’re buying. SalsabilMeat® strictly follows the USDA’s guidelines to minimize water content in our products. The specific amount of water retained varies with different types of chicken cuts and is always clearly marked on our packaging.

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