The Global Animal Partnership (GAP) certification program is comprised of a series of step levels, each corresponding to a set of animal welfare standards.
The rigor of the standards increases with higher step levels.
What this seal means
The seal means that the animals were raised on farms that were verified to meet the farm animal welfare standards of Global Animal Partnership, a non-profit organization that says it “promotes and facilitates continuous improvement in animal agriculture, encourages animal welfare friendly farming practices, and informs consumers about the animal farming systems they choose to support.”
The Global Animal Partnership program uses six tiers, or steps, each representing a different set of standards for how animals are raised on the farm. The product label indicates which step level is achieved. Step 1 is the lowest rating; Step 5+ signifies that higher standards of animal welfare were met.