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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Understand the differences between organics

What does organic mean? How is food defined and labled as organic by the USDA?


Understand the differences between organics. Organic products have strict production and labeling requirements. Some people believe organic means organic but this is a misconception.


Understand the differences between organics. Organic products have strict production and labeling requirements. Some people believe organic means organic but this is a misconception.The USDA organic labeling fact sheet states:
Organic products have strict production and labeling requirements. Unless noted below, organic products must meet the following requirements:
·         Produced without excluded methods (e.g., genetic engineering), ionizing radiation, or sewage sludge

·         Produced per the national list of allowed and prohibited substances

·         Overseen by a USDA national organic program- authorized certifying agent, following all USDA organic regulations.

The term 100% organic means:

Raw or processed agricultural products in the “100 percent organic” category must meet these criteria:
·         All ingredients must be certified organic.

·         Any processing aids must be organic.

·         Product labels must state the name of the certifying agent on the information panel.

The term organic means:

Raw or processed agricultural products in the “organic” category must meet these criteria:
·         All agricultural ingredients must be certified organic, except where specified on national list.

·         Non-organic ingredients allowed per national list may be used, up to a combined total of five percent of non-organic content (excluding salt and water).

·         Product labels must state the name of the certifying agent on the information panel.

The term “Made with” organic means:

Multi-ingredient agricultural products in the “made with” category must meet these criteria:
·         At least 70 percent of the product must be certified organic ingredients (excluding salt and water).

·         Any remaining agricultural products are not required to be organically produced but must be

·         Produced without excluded methods

·         Non-agricultural products must be specifically allowed on the national list.

·         Product labels must state the name of the certifying agent on the information panel.

The term specific organic ingredients means:

Multi-ingredient products with less than 70 percent certified organic content (excluding salt and water) don’t need to be certified.

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