Consumers are Paying More Attention to Where Their Food is Being Sourced

GAP Partners: Products & Brands

One of the most frequent questions we get from consumers is “Where can I find GAP Step-rated® products?”

We know now, more than ever, shoppers want to know how their food was raised. The 5-Step Program and the GAP 5-Step labels allow consumers to make informed decisions on their meat purchases. With the help of retailers and restaurants like you, we can increase the transparency of animal production systems and make a difference in the lives of animals. Increased awareness at the place of purchase results in more consumer demand and repeat customers. Join the movement today.

The GAP Certification Process

The GAP Certification Process

The first step in the process is assuring that GAP standards are being met. With GAP’s technical knowledge, we have created comprehensive standards by animal group for each of our GAP Step® Ratings. Scroll down to review our standards. Then the GAP application to 3rd party auditor is completed. Once completed, your application for GAP certification is sent to one of three independent, 3rd party auditors. We use independent auditors because the GAP label stands for integrity and transparency. If your facility passes the auditor’s examination, a GAP 5-Step® Rating is assigned. Based on the results of the audit, the farm or ranch will earn a Step Rating of 1 through 5+. Note: ratings can be improved with each subsequent audit. And finally, our independent auditors continue to conduct visits to the farm or ranch every 15 months, throughout all seasons, to ensure compliance with GAP standards.

The 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Labels

Once a third-party audit has been conducted and a GAP Step® rating has been assigned, the appropriate GAP label is displayed on certified meat and other products. When you see the GAP label, you can feel confident that the animals have been raised following comprehensive standards focused on their care and welfare.

GAP Animal Welfare Rating Labels: Step 1
GAP Animal Welfare Rating Labels: Step 2
GAP Animal Welfare Rating Labels: Step 3
GAP Animal Welfare Rating Labels: Step 4
GAP Animal Welfare Rating Labels: Step 5
GAP Animal Welfare Rating Labels: Step 5+

What Our Partners are Saying

We really appreciate our relationship with the Global Animal Partnership. ... As livestock producers it is our goal to build trust with consumers who want to see a better for farmers, agriculture, and the livestock we all depend on.

Hickory Nut Gap FarmStep 4 Beef Cattle

We love the fact that Global Animal Partnership keeps the animals first!

Pederson's Natural FarmsStep 1 Products & Brands

To know that the way we're farming is making a positive difference — not only to the pigs themselves, but also for our customers — is gratifying.

Thompson FarmsStep 5+ Pigs

GAP Partner Retailers & Foodservice

365 by Whole Foods Market

Retailers: Beef, Chicken, Pork, Turkey


Foodservice: Chicken

Compass Group USA

Foodservice: Chicken

Whole Foods Market

Retailers: Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork, Turkey


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