Diners who love their meat but want to know what kind of treatment the animals had before they reached their plates, there is a new service that has been started. It is an independent program that certifies eateries like cafeterias, restaurant and other companies that deal with packaged animal meat. They certify as per certain nutrition and health standards as well as include animal welfare authority.
The organization is Eat Real a nonprofit organization that is based in Washington DC. It is devoted to helping improve healthfulness aspects of food that are served at different restaurants and to look into the humane treatment of animals raised in farms. The organization has partnered up with American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The tie-up began last month. The grading of the group shows how conditions of animals being bred for their meat as well as their nutrition have gained importance. Customers are now reaching past the usual government agencies and seek assurance that the meat they are being served in restaurants is from animals well raised and kept under humane conditions.
When a business gets certified they are awarded a ceramic dinner plate that is eleven inches in diameter. It has REAL Certified displayed on it. There are options for the certification copy to be shown on menus as well as window decals. The REAL word is an acronym that stands for Responsible, Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership. It is a new transparency level that the organization is trying to bring about. It is funded through certifying payments that restaurants make them as well as grants and private donations. The group states that the plan includes checking conditions under which farm animals are bred and kept at different stages of their lives. Practices that are looked down upon are caging, crowding, antibiotic overuse, creating and other issues. Eat REAL has been involved in certifying food and the nutritional aspects of them in the past. That included checking whole grain inclusion of items and whether deep fried and unhealthy cooking practices were taken up.
Restaurants that wish to be certified by this organization need to be audited independently by a nutritionist. He or she will look at criteria like whether chickens are raised in a free environment, seafood is sourced in a sustainable manner, animals are raised in pastures or not and so forth. They have about 500 companies in the food service which include fast casual, fine dining restaurants, food brands as well as school cafeterias. There are many complications that are arising from animal meat that are not bred in the right environment as well as misleading notions about how certain diseases are coming about due to animal linked food. With such certification, all such aspects would be cleared up and customers can be confident that the brands they depend on or the restaurants they go to are resorting to animal food that is sourced from the right places. It helps recognize eateries that are putting in the effort to ensure that the linkage of the raw materials they use in their food comes from the right places.