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Organic or Not? Check the Label

Organic or Not? Check the Label

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USDA Organic Seal

USDA Organic Seal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established an organic certification program that requires all organic foods to meet strict government standards. These standards regulate how such foods are grown, handled and processed.

Any farmer or food manufacturer who labels and sells a product as organic must be USDA certified as meeting these standards. Only producers who sell less than $5,000 a year in organic foods are exempt from this certification; however, they must follow the same government standards to label their foods as organic.

If a food bears a USDA Organic label, it means it’s produced and processed according to the USDA standards and that at least 95 percent of the food’s ingredients are organically produced. The seal is voluntary, but many organic producers use it.

Products that are completely organic — such as fruits, vegetables, eggs or other single-ingredient foods — are labeled 100 percent organic and can carry a small USDA seal. Foods that have more than one ingredient, such as breakfast cereal, can use the USDA organic seal or the following wording on their package labels, depending on the number of organic ingredients:


  • 100 percent organic.

    Products that are completely organic or made of all organic ingredients.

  • Organic.

    Products that are at least 95 percent organic.

  • Made with organic ingredients.

    These are products that contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients. The organic seal can’t be used on these packages.

Foods containing less than 70 percent organic ingredients can’t use the organic seal or the word “organic” on their product label. They can include the organic items in their ingredient list, however.

You may see other terms on food labels, such as “all-natural,” “free-range” or “hormone-free.” These descriptions may be important to you, but don’t confuse them with the term “organic.” Only those foods that are grown and processed according to USDA organic standards can be labeled organic.

Source: mayoclinic.com

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  1. For those who are interested in (true) organic pet foods:
    Only certified organic pet food claims (those with the USDA organic seal) arr regulated and enforced by the government; all other (non-certified) organic pet food claims aren’t and aren’t verified by an unbiased third-party. Heidi

  2. I am a supporter of the all or none school on this issue. Ninety percent organic is like ninety percent pregnant…just doesn’t fly. Either you are or your not.

  3. Jason, Love your passion for Health and Nutrition. I too, am passionate about health and nutrition and the fact the world is so unhealthy inspires me more to fight for a healthier world. Just like you I want to live in a world were poeple are healthier and are environmentally conscious. I always have an open mind when it comes to nutrition and when something comes my way I take the time to make sure it is something good for me. Well, a wonderful product was introduced to me and you may or may not find it beneficial. I did and find it very exciting to share with others. Nuriche put two products out named ‘LIVE’ and ‘ReVIVE’. The product gives you Whole Food Nutrition. Brings your Fruits and Vegetables to life with the clean fresh water you add! No preservatives, added sugars, or fillers. Nothing artificial of any kind. Certified Organic. (30)ORAC Rich Berry and Fruit Blend, (30)Nutrient Rich Vegetable Green Blend, (11)Omega Rich SNS Blend, (83)Enzyme Rich Mineral Blend, (22)Vital Probiotic Blend. You can see why I got excited about the product. It offers so much good to the world. It also enhances weight loss, no cravings, CrashFree energy, clarity, the list goes on and on. You can try the product for Free (three day supply, just shipping cost) by going to my site at http://www.mynuriche.com/healthenergized or if you would like I would be glad to just send you the product to try at no cost. Just need you mailing address. Would like to know your opinion. Like I said I have an open mind when it comes to good health and well being. Thanks for taking a look.

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