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Label Logo How meaningful is the label? 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?
American Humane Association Somewhat Meaningful Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Animal Welfare Approved Highly Meaningful Yes Yes Yes Yes1 Yes2 Yes
antibiotic free No3 No Yes No No No4 No
Aurora Certified Organic Highly Yes No5 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Baystate Organic Certifiers (Previously NOFA-MA Certified Organic) Highly Yes Yes Yes No6 Yes Yes
California Certified Organic Farmers - CCOF Highly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Certified Humane Raised and Handled Highly Meaningful Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Colorado State Dept of Agriculture - Certified Organic Highly Yes No7 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Demeter Certified Biodynamic Highly Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A No
Department of Plant Industry (Previously "Fertilizer and Seed Certification Services") Highly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
free range No No No No8 No9 No10 No
free roaming No No No No11 No12 No13 No
Georgia Crop Improvement Association Highly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Global Organic Alliance (GOA) - Certified Organic Highly Yes No14 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Grass fed (USDA) Somewhat15 No16 No Yes Yes No17 Yes
hormone free No18 No Yes No No No19 No
Idaho - Certified Organic Highly Yes No20 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Indiana Certified Organic Highly Yes No21 Yes Yes Yes Yes
International Certification Services, Inc. Highly Yes No22 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Iowa State Dept of Agriculture - Certified Organic Highly Yes No23 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association - Certified Organic Highly Yes No24 Yes No25 Yes Yes
Marin Organic Certified Agriculture Highly Yes No26 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maryland Dept of Agriculture - Certified Organic Highly Yes No27 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA) - Certified Organic Highly Yes No28 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Minnesota Crop Improvement Association Highly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Montana Department of Agriculture Highly Yes No29 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Monterey County Certified Organic Highly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
natural No No No Yes30 Yes No31 No
Natural Food Certifiers Highly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nevada Dept of Agriculture - Certified Organic Highly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
New Hampshire Dept of Agriculture, Market, & Foods Organic Program Highly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NMOCC - Certified Organic Highly Yes No32 Yes Yes Yes Yes
no additives Somewhat No Yes33 No No No34 No
no antibiotics administered Somewhat No Yes Yes35 Yes36 No37 No
no chemicals Not No No No No No38 No
no hormones administered Somewhat No Yes Yes39 Yes40 No41 No
NOFA-NY - Certified Organic Highly Yes No42 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Non-GMO Project Verified Meaningful Yes Yes Yes Yes and No43 No Yes
NutriClean and Certified Organic Highly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OEFFA - Certified Organic Highly Yes No44 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oklahoma Dept of Agriculture - Certified Organic Highly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OneCert Highly Yes No45 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oregon Tilth - Certified Organic Highly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Organic Certifiers, Inc. Highly Yes No46 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) - Certified Organic Highly Yes No47 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) - Certified Organic Highly Yes No48 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Quality Assurance International (QAI) - Certified Organic Highly Yes No49 Yes No50 Yes Yes
Quality Certification Services (QCS) Highly Yes No51 Yes Yes Yes Yes
raised without antibiotics Somewhat No Yes Yes52 Yes53 No54 No
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management - Certified Organic Highly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Salmon Safe Somewhat Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Texas State Dept of Agriculture - Certified Organic Highly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
treated with irradiation Somewhat No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
USDA - Organic Highly Yes No55 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Utah Department of Agriculture Highly Yes No56 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vermont Organic Farmers - Certified Organic Highly Yes No57 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Washington State - Certified Organic Highly Yes No58 Yes Yes Yes Yes
1. While most information is available, information about major donors are not made publicly available
2. The AWA has a conflict of interest policy for staff, board and working groups. While there is no conflict of interest policy for major donors, AWA does not charge farmers for verification (unlike most other certifiers) which minimizes conflict of interest, especially for those who sell AWA certified products and donate to AWA.
3. The USDA has banned the use of the "antibiotic free" label on meat and poultry.
4. Since the manufacturer makes the decision about the use of the label on the product, there is a conflict of interest.
5. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics and personal care products.
6. While NOFA-MA provided a list of their Board of Directors, they declined to provide the affiliations of their Board.
7. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics or personal care products.
8. There are no standards for the free range label.
9. There are no standards for the free range label.
10. The producer or manufacturer decides whether to use the claim and is not free from its own self-interest.
11. There are no standards for the free roaming label.
12. There are no standards for the free roaming label.
13. The producer or manufacturer decides whether to use the claim and is not free from its own self-interest.
14. The meaning for the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics or personal care products.
15. If accompanied by USDA-verification*, the claim is highly meaningful.
16. If accompanied by USDA-verification*, the claim is independently verified.
17. If accompanied by USDA-verification*, the claim is free of conflict of interest. *Verification is indicated by the "USDA Process Verified" shield
18. The USDA has banned the use of hormone free on all meat products.
19. The producer or manufacturer decides whether to use the claim and is not free from its own self-interest.
20. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics or personal care products.
21. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics or personal care products.
22. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics and personal care products.
23. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics and personal care products.
24. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics and personal care products.
25. While MOFGA provided information regarding their Board of Directors, they declined to provide affiliations of the Board.
26. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics or personal care products.
27. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for personal care products.
28. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics or personal care products.
29. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics or personal care products.
30. The USDA has only defined the natural for use on fresh meat.
31. The producer or manufacturer decides whether to use the claim and is not free from its own self-interest.
32. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics and personal care products.
33. However, the manufacturer is not required to use the FDA definition for a food additive to determine the negative claim on their product.
34. The producer or manufacturer decides whether to use the claim and is not free from its own self-interest.
35. The USDA has defined "no antibiotics administered" for meat and poultry.
36. For meat and poultry
37. The producer or manufacturer decides whether to use the claim and is not free from its own self-interest.
38. The producer or manufacturer decides whether to use the claim and is not free from its own self-interest.
39. The USDA has defined the "no hormones administered" for use on meat and already prohibits the use of hormones in poultry production.
40. For meat products, the USDA makes the guidelines publicly available.
41. The producer or manufacturer decides whether to use the claim and is not free from its own self-interest.
42. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics or personal care products.
43. Members of the Board of Directors and their affiliations, and members of the Standard Committee, are listed on the website. The names of major donors are not available on the website or the IRS Form 990.
44. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics or personal care products.
45. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics and personal care products.
46. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics and personal care products.
47. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics or personal care products.
48. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics or personal care products.
49. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics or personal care products.
50. While QAI did state that their Board members are not QAI certified, they declined to provide the members of the Board.
51. The meaning of the QCS or USDA organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics and personal care products.
52. The USDA has defined "raised without antibiotics" for use on meat and poultry products.
53. The USDA information is available but their guidance only applies to meat and poultry.
54. The producer or manufacturer decides whether to use the claim and is not free from its own self-interest.
55. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics and personal care products.
56. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics or personal care products.
57. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics or personal care products.
58. The meaning of the organic labels is different for food than for cosmetics or personal care products.


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