Charcuterie Criteria

In order to be eligible for a Good Food Award, charcuterie entries must meet the following standards:

• Made in the USA or US territories.
• Handcrafted.
• Free of artificial ingredients, including colors, flavors and preservatives.*
• Made with ingredients that are sourced with a balanced objective of local, organic and highest quality.
• If made with additional animal products (dairy, eggs), they adhere to the same animal husbandry standards as meat ingredients.
• If made with non-animal ingredients, they are traceable, non-GMO and grown without the use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers.**
• Made with respect and fair compensation for everyone working at the ranch, in the slaughterhouse and in the kitchen.

Made with meat from animals raised:

• Using good animal husbandry.***
• Out of confinement that restricts natural species-specific behaviors.
• With plenty of access to the outdoors, including access to pasture and natural vegetation.
• Without gestation crates.
• Without hormones.
• Without sub-therapeutic antibiotics.
• Without feed containing animal by-products.****
• With concern and mindfulness for slaughterhouse practices.***
• Butchered in a state, county or USDA-approved facility.

Additionally, charcuterie entries must fit within one of the following subcategories:

• Dry Cured
• Smoked
• Paté/Terrine                                                              

*Nitrates and nitrites are allowed.

**If less than 2% of ingredients in the product do not meet this stipulation, the entry will not be disqualified.

***The Good Food Awards uses GAP and Animal Welfare Approved guidelines to define “good animal husbandry.” 

**** We encourage all producers to seek out GM-free feed wherever possible, and to discuss its desirability with their suppliers where it is not yet available. We realize that access to GM-free feed varies across the country and therefore do not yet require it for entry in the Awards.