What is Certified Organic?


Certification helps consumers identify products that have been grown by organic farming methods and produced using organically-grown ingredients. There are a variety of different standards from organic food industry organizations, which can be confusing. In October 2002, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued organic labeling standards in order to help consumers identify products that meet certain standards. Any product that is labeled "organic" must identify each organically produced ingredient. 

USDA Certified Organic

100 Percent Organic:

Products that contain only organic ingredients. A label reading "100% organic" and the USDA organic seal can appear on the primary display panel. 

Organic:

Products must contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients or non-organically produced agricultural products that are not commercially available in organic form. 

Made With Organic Ingredients:

Processed products that contain at least 70% organic ingredients. Products that contain less than 70% organic ingredients are not permitted to use the term "organic" anywhere on the principal display panel, although specific ingredients that are organically produced may be identified in the ingredients information panel.


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