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    The trademarks are our commitment to producing ostrich which are safe, wholesome, high quality, consistent and produced in an environmentally sound manner.

Trademarks

Certified Ostrich
Genuine Leather
Ostrich Oil

The Registered “Certified American Ostrich” “Genuine American Ostrich Leather” and “Certified American Ostrich Oil” Trademarks are the property of the American Ostrich Association.

The trademarks “Certified American Ostrich” and “Genuine American Ostrich Leather” are a Quality Assured Ostrich product based on ostrich that are hatched, raised and processed in the United States of America under specifications established by the AOA. The trademarks are our commitment to producing ostrich which are safe, wholesome, high quality, consistent and produced in an environmentally sound manner. Our goal is to “Establish the Standards” for the highest quality ostrich products.

The Producer:

To supply ostrich into the program, producers must be licensed by the American Ostrich Association (AOA) and be members in good standing with the AOA.

  • These birds must be hatched and raised in the USA.
  • The producer is required to have attended the AOA Quality Assurance program or signature verified that they have read the QA Manual in its entirety. The QA producer must keep all records and documentation regarding the transfer of ownership of birds and medications administered while the birds are in this producers care.
  • The producer must practice animal husbandry techniques specified in the Quality Assurance program that ensure superior nutrition, health and environmental conditions for their ostrich.
  • The producer does not use any artificial or chemical growth stimulants.
  • Feed/ rations for these birds (other than forage) must either be designed for ostrich or approved by a member of the AOA Ostrich Quality Assurance committee. All licensees must submit either an ingredient label or ingredients of feed used to the committee to keep on record. If the producer’s feed is considered to be proprietary, a confidentially agreement will be signed and after being viewed by an assigned committee member, the information will not be held in the committee files but will be sent to a contracted third party depository for retention.
  • Feed must be free of:
    • Stimulant or growth hormones
    • Ruminant animals, meat, organs and their products from ruminant animals.
    • Meat and bone meal, meat meal, poultry offal meal, feather meal.
    • Dry greaves, fishmeal, gelatin and their mixtures.
    • Any feed additives must also be free of any substances containing the above listed products and/or any animal by-products.

The Processor / Slaughter Facility:

The facility used for slaughter purposes must be USDA, FSIS, HAACP approved for ostrich (ratite).

The Meat Supplier:

The meat supplier will be a member in good standing of the AOA and will be licensed as a Certified American Ostrich (CAO) supplier by agreeing to the following:

  • Agrees to attend the AOA Quality Assurance (OQA) program or provide a signature verification that they have read the (OQA) Manual in its entirety.
  • Agrees to retain all records and documentation creating an audit trail that verifies continuous American ownership of the Ostrich from which the CAO products are produced.
  • Agrees to keep documentation related to All Ostrich processed and differentiate CAO products from those that are non-CAO and from non-AOA members.
  • Agrees that all meat labelled as CAO will be from Ostrich that are:
    • Source (producer / feedlot) verified from CAO producers.
    • Meat and fat visibly should meet the standards set by the AOA Meat Guide and appear as healthy without signs of distress.
    • Meat cuts should conform to those established by the AOA Meat Guide
  • Agrees to not substitute any bird / meat that doesn’t meet the requirements set up by the License.
  • Agrees to allow a compliance audit of the program or documentation if requested.

The Leather Supplier:

The leather supplier will be a member of the AOA in good standing and will be licensed as a Genuine American Ostrich Leather (GAOL) supplier by agreeing to the following:

  • Agrees to attend the AOA Quality Assurance (OQA) program or provide a signature verification that they have read the (OQA) Manual in its entirety.
  • Agrees to retain all records and documentation creating an audit trail that verifies continuous American ownership of the Ostrich from which the GAOL products are produced.
  • Agrees to keep documentation related to All Ostrich processed and will differentiate GAOL products from those that are non-GAOL and from non -AOA members.
  • Agrees that all leather labelled as GAOL will be from Ostrich that are:
    • Source (producer / feedlot) verified.
    • That hides should meet the standards set by the AOA Hide Guide and appear as healthy without signs of distress.
    • Hides should also conform to the standards established by the AOA Hide Guide.
  • Agrees to not substitute any bird / hide that does not meet the requirements set up by their License.
  • Agrees to allow a compliance audit of the program or documentation if requested.

The Oil Supplier:

The oil supplier will be a member of the AOA in good standing and must be licensed as a Certified American Ostrich Oil (CAOO) supplier by agreeing to the following.

  • Agrees to attend the AOA Quality Assurance (OQA) program or provide a signature verification that they have read the (OQA) Manual in its entirety.
  • Agrees to retain all records and documentation creating an audit trail that verifies continuous American ownership of the Ostrich from which the CAOO products are produced.
  • Agrees to keep documentation related to all Ostrich oil processed and will differentiate CAOO oil from non-CAOO oil and from non -AOA members.
  • Agrees that all Oil labeled as CAOO will be from birds that are:
    • Source (producer / feedlot) verified from CAO producers.
    • Fat viability should meet the standards set by the AOA and appear as healthy.
    • CAOO Oil will be comprised of 100% ostrich oil processed with no additives of any kind unless otherwise so stated or approved by the OQA commitee.
  • Agrees to not substitute any oil that does not meet the requirements defined up by their License.
  • Agrees to allow a compliance audit of the program or documentation if requested.

Please feel free to contact the AOA with any questions you might have.