Since its founding, Belcampo has focused on providing meat our customers can feel good about – largely from our own farm in Gazelle, California. While we also incorporate products from our network of partner farms and other select suppliers, these are carefully vetted partners that share appropriate certifications for our branded products as well as values, vision and quality standards.

Outside of the quality of our product, nothing is more important to Belcampo than the trust of our customers.

To that end, we have launched a comprehensive audit of purchasing at all Belcampo Restaurant and Butcher Shop locations. We are also reviewing our internal policy, training and communications policies and procedures.

Effective earlier this week, there is no purchasing of meat and egg products external to our supply chain at our restaurants and butcher shops.

Our goal is to conduct an unflinching review, understand what went wrong and address every issue fully and transparently. We thank our employees for their commitment to our mission and their support in this effort – their insights have already been invaluable.

For more information and more questions answered, please see below.

Q: Are the allegations about Belcampo’s Santa Monica Butcher Shop true?

  • The primary source for meats sold through all of our Belcampo Butcher Shops and Restaurants is the Belcampo Farm and our partner farms.
  • However, our butcher shop locations have a small degree of autonomy when it comes to sourcing meats for their local customer base or when there are supply shortages on certain items. The same high standards used for our own production should be adhered to when sourcing third party products.
  • Based on our investigation there were multiple failures in adherence to these standards at the Santa Monica location.
  • This affected a small percentage of items at this location. Note: the meats that were most commonly mislabeled were grass-fed and finished beef tenderloins and organic boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Q: What is Belcampo doing to fix this?

  • Belcampo is now exclusively selling Belcampo Farms and partner farms verified products in all of its shops, we are no longer allowing any external sourcing of product by the restaurants. As a result of the recent incident coming to our attention, Butcher Shops and Restaurants have also implemented careful staff retraining, education, and oversight around the operating procedures and protocols, and accountability for employees and leadership to ensure that this does not happen again.
  • We are continuing to investigate every instance of external sourcing at every restaurant and butcher shop site for compliance with sourcing and labelling protocols until we have ensured an outcome that’s 100% aligned with our brand values and promise of transparency to our customers.

Q: What are partner farms and why does Belcampo have them?

  • Belcampo launched its partner farm program in 2020 to grow its supply chain in partnership with other small and mid-size regenerative ranches. Belcampo’s partner farms either already share Belcampo’s values and produce meats that are regenerative, Certified Organic, Certified Humane, pasture-raised and grassfed and finished, or Belcampo helps them achieve these new certifications over a period of time before considering them a qualified partner farm. You can learn more and see the partner farms here: https://belcampo.com/pages/our-farms

Q: Are there product safety considerations as a result of Belcampo’s investigation?

  • None that Belcampo is aware of.

Q: What about the menu items at Restaurants?

  • Belcampo has verified that all prepared burgers sold at the Santa Monica restaurant and every other restaurant since the inception of the company have not been affected. The burgers are made with 100% grass-fed and grass finished beef from Belcampo Farms and partner farms. Regarding other menu items that may have been sourced externally, the company is conducting an ongoing investigation and will share any additional relevant information once confirmed.

Q: What is the source and certifications of the beef purchased or sold on Belcampo.com or in a grocery store, and what are the guarantees on those certifications?

  • All Belcampo beef sold through these sales channels comes entirely from Belcampo’s farm and/or partner farms with third party certifications, Beef represents over 75% of all Belcampo product sold and it is all Organic, Certified Humane, and regeneratively farmed.
  • Belcampo’s own farm and partner farm beef are brought into our plant as live animals and processed in our Certified Organic and USDA slaughterhouse.
  • All certifications for each product are communicated at the point of purchase on the website and on the packaging and are verified by the USDA. All of the beef is farmed regeneratively, 100% grass-fed & finished, Certified Humane and Certified Organic. Each product is traceable to specific origin (Belcampo Farms or individual Partner Farms).
  • Belcampo.com carries one line of steaks that is imported from a partner farm in Uruguay. The steaks are not currently Certified Organic, but are 100% grass-fed, Certified Humane and raised regeneratively and labeled accordingly on Belcampo.com and packaging.

Q: What is the source and certifications of the poultry purchased or sold on Belcampo.com or in a grocery store and what are the guarantees on those certifications?

  • While we have raised chickens at our Mt. Shasta Farm in the past, we elected to partner with a pastured operation outside of Red Bluff, CA, with a more temperate climate better suited to year-round pastured poultry than Mt. Shasta. This poultry is processed in a USDA approved, Certified Humane and Certified Organic slaughterhouse near the partner farm.
  • Belcampo poultry sold through these sales channels comes entirely from Belcampo’s partner farm, Big Bluff Ranch. All certifications for each product are communicated at the point of purchase on the website and on the packaging and are verified by the USDA. Belcampo poultry is Certified Organic, pasture-raised, and Certified Humane.

Q: What is the source and certifications of the pork purchased or sold on Belcampo.com or in a grocery store and what are the guarantees on those certifications?

  • Belcampo’s pork comes from Belcampo farms and its partner farms. A portion of the herd is currently certified organic, and it is all pasture-raised and Certified Humane. It is processed in our Certified Organic and USDA slaughterhouse. All certifications for each product are communicated at the point of purchase on the website and on the packaging, and are verified by the USDA.
  • In the past year, Belcampo produced select products sourced from a pork supplier with only the Certified Organic & Humane certifications. This line was discontinued.
  • We are working toward only offering pork that is Certified Organic
  • As a stop gap when supply issues arise, Belcampo sources Pork shoulders and bellies with appropriate certifications to support all product packaging claims- we are not currently doing so.

Q: What is the source and certifications of the lamb purchased or sold on Belcampo.com or in a grocery store and what are the guarantees on those certifications:

  • Belcampo’s lamb comes from Belcampo farms and its partner farms.
  • We currently have a significant stock of Certified Organic, Grass-Fed & Finished, Certified Humane lamb meat raised on Belcampo's Farm in inventory, but will transition this program 100% to a partner farm in the future.
  • All certifications for each product are communicated at the point of purchase on the website and on the packaging, and are verified by the USDA.

Q: What is the source and certifications of the duck purchased or sold on Belcampo.com or in a grocery store and what are the guarantees on those certifications:

  • Belcampo no longer sells duck.

Q: What is the source and certifications of the turkey purchased or sold on Belcampo.com or in a grocery store and what are the guarantees on those certifications?:

  • In 2020, Belcampo sold Certified Organic, pasture-raised, Certified Humane turkeys raised on it's own farm.
  • In 2021, Belcampo’s turkeys will be fully certified and from a partner farm.

Q: Where do the Eggs at Belcampo Butcher Shops come from?:

  • We sold our layers to another regenerative family-owned operation in Northern California, the chickens were relocated between January and February 2021.
  • When Belcampo stopped producing eggs, it stopped grocery store sales. For its own stores and restaurants Belcampo started purchasing Certified Organic and/or pasture-raised eggs.

If you have additional questions that you feel need to be addressed or if you have additional questions that have not been addressed above, please do not hesitate to reach out at response@belcampo.com.

Thank you.