Seaboard Foods USDA Process Verified points include:
- Meat Quality
- Source Verification
- Animal Handling
Seaboard Foods continuously evaluates its pork products for meat quality attributes. A proprietary plant process improves meat quality attributes like color, texture and moisture-holding capacity.
Pork products can be traced back to source farms through a source verification system.
Seaboard Foods is committed to the proper in-plant handling of animals prior to slaughter for both animal welfare and meat quality reasons. Ongoing, daily animal handling plant audits and employee training ensure proper animal treatment.
The USDA Process Verified program allows Seaboard Foods to make marketing claims that assures our customers of our ability to provide consistent quality pork products. To operate a USDA Process Verified Program, Seaboard Foods went through a rigorous application process, which included having the USDA verify documentation of practices related to meat quality, animal handling and source verification through third-party, independent audits.
The USDA Process Verification Program uses the International Organization for Standardizations ISO 9000 series standards for documented quality management systems as a format for evaluating program documentation to ensure consistent auditing practices.
For more information about the USDA Process Verified Program, visit the USDA AMS Audit, Review and Compliance Branch USDA Process Verified Program Web page.
*Statements apply to Guymon, St. Joseph and Sioux City plants.