Is the label verified?

Yes

Is the meaning of the label consistent?

Yes

Are the label standards publicly available?

Yes

Is information about the organization publicly available?

Yes

Is the organization free from conflict of interest?

Yes

Was the label developed with broad public and industry input?

Yes

This label can be found on: Processed foods and beverages

PROGRAM NAME: USDA Organic

ORGANIZATION: National Organic Program - Agricultural Marketing Service - United States Department of Agriculture
url: https://www.ams.usda.gov/about-ams/programs-offices/national-organic-program

LABEL STANDARDSStandards are federal regulations available in the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR 205).

 

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What this label means

How meaningful is this label? 

This label is somewhat meaningful and verified.

A product with a “made with organic [specified ingredients]” (e.g., "made with organic wheat and tomatoes") labeling claim contains at least 70% agricultural ingredients that were produced in accordance with the organic standards, which promote sustainable agriculture practices, including the elimination of toxic synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and other synthetic inputs.

The remaining 30% non-organic ingredients, if they are agricultural, can be produced with the use of synthetic inputs (e.g., crops grown with the use of synthetic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers), drugs (e.g., meat from animals given antibiotics and artificial growth hormones) and chemical processing aids (e.g., synthetic solvents for oil extraction). The remaining 30% cannot be genetically engineered, irradiated, or produced with sewage sludge.

Because 70% of ingredients have to be certified organic, rather than 95-100% which is required for the “organic” label and the use of the “USDA Organic” seal, the “made with organic [ingredients]” is not as meaningful as the “organic” label.

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Is the label verified?
Is the meaning of the label consistent?
Are the label standards publicly available?
Is information about the organization publicly available?
Is the organization free from conflict of interest?
Was the label developed with broad public and industry input?