Chicago Meat Authority has taken a bite out of the organic market. The company is producing pork and can produce beef and chicken for customers who want organic products.
To be certified organic, CMA had to meet the USDA’s rigorous standards. Do all these specific regulations and extra care make a more delicious product? Many people think organic tastes better, but are they willing to pay for the increased cost to produce this meat? What is a certainty is that consumers are demanding organic options and we are ready to provide them.
To obtain this certification, the Midwest Organic Services Association approved CMA as a handler under the USDA National Organic Program. As a handler, CMA is required to have a program in place to ensure that organic products remain pure and are not cross-contacted with non-organic products or prohibited substances. Organic raw material and finished products are stored separately from non-organic products and will be managed under the company’s rigorous quality control procedures. All procedures and processes are monitored and verified to ensure that all requirements are followed.
Products are certified USDA organic when they are produced using exclusively organic methods containing only organic ingredients. The organic requirements include the collection of information on the history of every animal including the breed history, veterinary care and feed plus the animals must be raised on certified organic land that is not subject to most synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, sewage sludge or genetic engineering for at least three years and animals must have outdoor access. Organic farms tend to be smaller than so-called factory farms and farmers and ranchers have to manage their herds for longer times before slaughter because they do not use synthetic growth hormones or antibiotics. While all of these factors add to the cost of each product produced, consumers have shown a willingness to pay a premium for food that is grown according to the USDA National Organic Program.
Since 1990, MOSA says the organic food industry has grown by more than 20% per year. In 2014, organic sales reached $39 billion and represented 5% of all food sold in the United States. Americans increasingly are showing more of an awareness and interest in adding organic food to their diets. Approximately 70% buy organic food occasionally and nearly 25% buy some organic food every week.
For more information about our organic our non-organic products, please contact us at 773-254-3811.
Director of Technical Assurance