PRODUCTS THAT INSPIRE CONFIDENCE
Throughout its history, Uruguay has been distinguished as a supplier of high-quality red meats. Uruguay's main comparative advantage has always been offering the world nourishing, healthy, safe and flavourful products. The wholesomeness of the shipped products is guaranteed by the hygienic and sanitary controls performed by internationally-recognized organizations (see Certification and USDA-INAC).
International markets have become increasingly demanding regarding food safety, animal well-being, and environmental sustainability, and in that sense these markets can be confident in Uruguay.
Consumers have a genuine wish to know the origins of the products they acquire and to feel re-assured about them. The availability of correct and trustworthy information is essential to satisfy these wishes.
For this reason Uruguay has set up the “Certified Natural Beef Program”. In order to fulfil the requirements of this program, three fundamental points must be satisfied:
Guarantees within the Production Systems
Traceability within the cattle-farming, industrial and distribution systems
Certification of all processes in the different links steps of the whole chainprocess from farm to market.
In addition, and if required, all products can be certified and labeled as “Natural Beef” by the government meat control entity INAC, (Instituto Nacional de Carnes or National Meat Organization).
Uruguay's “Certified Natural Beef Program” ensures outstanding products, and this is an important benefit throughout the whole agro-industrial meat process.
The Uruguayan cattle-farming system is based on native pastures with animals free to graze all year round under the watchful eye of the “gaucho", without confinement and in total harmony with nature. This offers perfect growing conditions, cherished by the most demanding consumers. Keeping biodiversity in flora and fauna contributes to a sustainable productive system.
Meat is produced from animals that have been fed only on vegetable proteins, absolutely excluding any products or by-products of animal origin. No BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) case has ever been detected in Uruguay.
In the same way, meat production takes place without the use of hormones, anabolic steroids, or any other growth promoter.
Such feeding systems based on pastures ensure a product whose cholesterol and fat content make it highly recommendable as the basis of a nutritious and healthy diet.
The whole industrial process complies with strict observance of the hygienic and sanitary standards in force, following the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points program (HACCP) and adhering to the requirements of the corresponding cold storage chain.
The capability of rebuilding the history of a manufactured product, by keeping identification records, is an indispensable tool in order to achieve the proposed goal.
Government and industry have established control points (step by step across all processes) to certify compliance. The Natural Beef traceability program requires the individual identification of animals born and reared in our country. From birth the origin of each individual animal is identified until the meat is retailed, tracking its evolution, health, and feeding. This registry plan continues through all the industrial processes including slaughter, packing and labeling of the meat cuts.
The products can be customized according to your needs, including but not limited to: cartons, packing, private label, special cuts and or religious requirements.
We currently provide boneless beef meat, fresh, chilled and frozen, to the USA, always under USDA guidelines.
URUGUAY'S CERTIFIED NATURAL BEEF PROGRAM
Uruguay's Certified Natural Beef Program certifies the ranch which raised the animals and the whole global process that handles the meat product all the way through packing and labeling.
If required, all products can be certified as Natural Beef by the government meat control entity, INAC (Instituto Nacional de Carnes or National Meat Organization), and labeled as such.
Additionally, certificates can also be provided by international entities such as SGS or Bureau Veritas.