3 categories of Organic Labeling “100% Organic” vs. “Organic” vs. “Made with Organic Ingredients”
On my journey to find organic food, I made a mistake. I thought Organic means 100% organic. But that was not true. The product I bought contained only a certain percentage of Organic ingredients.
So I did a little research, to clearly understand the difference in Organic labeling.
Organic agricultural products are regulated within the United States by the USDA National Organic Program or NOP. The same counts for imported products which are for sale in this country. So the NOP is also responsible for labeling requirements based on the percentage of organic ingredients in a product.
The label “100% organic” means that the product’s only ingredients and processing aids have to be organic, with the exclusion of salt and water. This means the product can not have any other additives or ingredients. These foods are my priority.
The label “organic” requires 95% of organically produced ingredients. Salt and water are also excluded. The rest has to be of non-agricultural substance which are stated on the “Allowed and Prohibited List” of the NOP National List.
There is another confusing label which states: “Made with Organic Ingredients”. This label says that the product consists of at least 70 percent organic ingredients. That is very important to know.
This also means that other processed products which contain less than 70 percent of organic ingredients are not allowed to label “organic” at all. Even though some of the ingredients are organically produced.
I am glad that I learned these terms. Next time when shopping for groceries, I will read the labels more carefully to be on the safe side, as I favour 100% Organic.
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