Sustainability is increasingly becoming a core principle for many businesses in the agriculture and agri-food sectors. The focus of the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework is to help advance sustainability and recognize leaders in sustainable beef production and beef processing. The Framework provides the requirements and tools to enable companies to source beef from Certified Operations throughout the supply chain. 

The CRSB encourages companies interested in making claims about sustainable beef sourcing to review the Framework materials on our resources page, engage with their supply chain, and contact us to see how we can support you in this process.

The Chain of Custody Requirements outline the requirements for sourcing beef from CRSB Certified Operations, and making claims according to CRSB Communications, Claims and Labelling Guidelines.


Chain of Custody

DSC 0049Chain of Custody refers to how cattle and beef are linked and traced from Certified Operations through the supply chain.


The Certified Sustainable Beef Framework offers three different internationally-recognized chain of custody models:

  1. Identity Preservation: Beef can be linked back to the original Certified farm or ranch where the cattle were raised.
  2. Segregation: Beef from CRSB Certified Operations is kept separate from beef from non-certified operations.  100% of the beef in an individual product is from Certified Operations.
  3. Mass Balance: Physical mixing or blending of beef from CRSB Certified Operations and from non-certified operations is allowed during processing; quantities are documented and controlled. 
A minimum of 30% of the company or brand line's beef volume must be sourced from Certified Operations to qualify for a mass balance CRSB Claim.


The available CRSB Claims and Marks depend on the Chain of Custody model employed by the supply chain, and eligibility for CRSB Claims is subject to a chain of custody audit.

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