Special beef designations
- Certified Angus Beef (CAB) in Canada and the USA is a specification-based, branded-beef program which was founded in 1978 by Angus cattle producers to increase demand for their breed of cattle, by promoting the impression that Angus cattle have consistent, high-quality beef with superior taste. The brand is owned by the American Angus Association and its 35,000 rancher members. The terms Angus Beef or Black Angus Beef are loosely and commonly misused and/or confused with CAB; this is especially common in the food service industry. The brand or name Certified Angus Beef cannot be legally used by an establishment that is not licensed to do so. In the UK the equivalent is Aberdeen Angus, marketed as higher quality and associated with stricter animal welfare rules. Notable for the herd being free of BSE during the BSE epidemic in the UK. Similar schemes are used elsewhere as in Certified Angus Beef in Ireland.
- Certified Hereford Beef is beef certified to have come from Hereford cattle.
- Grass-fed beef cattle have been raised exclusively on forage. Grain-fed beef cattle are raised primarily on forage, but are "finished" in a feedlot.
- Kobe beef is pure Tajima-gyu breed bull or virgin cow, born raised and slaughtered solely within Hyogo prefecture. Kobe beef has not been available in the US since early 2010.
- Halal beef has been certified to have been processed in a prescribed manner in accordance with Muslim dietary laws.
- Kosher beef has been certified to have been processed in a prescribed manner in accordance with Jewish dietary laws.
- Organic beef is produced without added hormones, pesticides, or other chemicals, though requirements for labeling it organic vary widely.
- The EU recognises the following Protected Designation of Origin beef brands: