Lime Fresh Mexican Grill First Florida Restaurant to Receive Certified Humane Status
Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), the nations leading non-profit certification organization improving the lives of farm animals used in food production, announced today that Lime Fresh Mexican Grill® is the first restaurant in the state of Florida to become Certified Humane Raised and Handled® by serving beef that is Certified Humane® exclusively, in their restaurant.
Humane Farm Animal Care and the Certified Humane® label is the only program in the U.S. that improves the lives of farm animals by certifying their humane care and treatment, birth through slaughter. Currently certifying over 25 million farm animals, the Certified Humane® designation assures consumers that the meat, poultry, egg or dairy products they purchase have been produced according to precise standards for humane farm animal treatment.
Lime Fresh Mexican Grill® opened their first restaurant in South Florida in 2004 and has since expanded to four more locations. Lime was founded to provide guests with Mexican-style cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere with the goal of serving only made to order fresh, local and healthy food.
“Having the beef we use in our restaurant Certified Humane® is particularly important to us,” said Lime Fresh Mexican Grill® CEO and founder John Kunkel. “We work everyday to capitalize on our distinctive flavors, fresh ingredients and customer service; but always to do this in the most respectful and dignified way possible.” Lime will be using only Meyer Natural Angus Beef, and John Kunkel reports that the company is currently taking steps to certify other meats as well.
In order for the restaurant to be Certified Humane® the restaurant must undergo an extensive audit to ensure that the products they advertise as Certified Humane® can be identified throughout their handling, cooking and serving process. Once they have passed inspection, the restaurant is awarded a certificate of certification and may use the certification mark to identify the Certified Humane® products they serve. They must reapply to the program and be re-inspected on an annual basis. This extensive and ongoing certification process includes the auditing and inspection of all procedures, facilities, receipts and sales records.
“Consumers in Florida now have the opportunity to enjoy Lime’s fresh and healthy menu while knowing the beef they are consuming comes from animals raised with the utmost attention to care and handling,” said Adele Douglass, Humane Farm Animal Care’s Founder and CEO.
Since the program was unveiled in May 2003, more than 60 companies, representing many thousands of farms and millions of farm animals, have been certified through HFAC’s program.
If you are in the greater Miami area please visit one of Lime Fresh Mexican Grill’s five restaurants, and check their website for updates on the scheduled opening of five new locations www.limefreshmexicangrill.com.
Restaurants are located at: Coconut Creek, Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4425 Lyons Road; Midtown Miami, The Shops at Midtown Miami, 3201 N. Miami Ave, Suite 100; North Miami Beach, 14831 Biscayne Blvd.; Pembroke Pines, The Shops at Pembroke Gardens, 601 SW 145th Terrace; South Miami Beach, 1439 Alton Road.