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Organic Labels 101

Posted in Nutrient & Supplement Insights By

Super Supplements

8/28/13 7:33 PM Comments

How does the USDA determine what is organic and what is not? Here is a snapshot of how they categorize:


100% Organic

All organic ingredients
Any processing aids used must be organic
No non-organic ingredients are used
USDA Seal allowed
Must list organic certification agent

Example: 100% Organic Cereal


 

Organic

At least 95% organic ingredients
Remaining 5% can be non-organic allowed ingredients (i.e. vitamins, citric acid, baking powder)
All agricultural ingredients must be organic unless not available
USDA Seal allowed
Must list certification agent

Example: Organic Cereal


 

Made with Organic Ingredients

At least 70% organic ingredients
Remaining 30% can be non-organic allowed ingredients (i.e. vitamins, citric acid, baking powder) OR non-organic agricultural ingredients
USDA Seal prohibited
Must list certification agent
Example: Cereal made with organic oats, raisins, and dates


 

Products with less than 70% Organic Ingredients

Any level of organic ingredients
No restrictions on remaining ingredients
No certification claims can be made
USDA Seal prohibited
Only mention organic in ingredient listing
Example: ingredients: organic oats, organic raisins


 

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