You must register with one of the organic control bodies if you produce or sell organic food and you want to label it as organic. The product label must also state the exact percentage of organic content on the label. For more information see the European Commission’s website at http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/organic/node/47_en. “Organic” can be used to label any product that contains a minimum of 95 percent organic ingredients (excluding salt and water). Processed products containing less than 70% organic ingredients cannot use the term “organic” anywhere on the principal display panel. Both the USDA organic seal and the EU organic logo may be used on products traded under this Arrangement. The USDA seal and the seal or mark of the organic certifying agent(s) may appear on product packages and in advertisements. Labeling requirements are based on the percentage of organic ingredients in a product. Amidst nutrition facts, ingredients lists, and dietary claims on food packages, “organic” might appear as one more piece of information to decipher when shopping for foods. © 2020 NSF International. If you are not certified, you must not make any organic claim on the principal display panel or use the USDA organic seal anywhere on the package*. (This does not include water and salt, which are considered natural product by the USDA and they are not required to meet any specific “organic” parameters.) For more information please see: Personal care products, textiles and dietary supplements fall outside the USDA’s authority. Up to 5 percent of the ingredients may be nonorganic agricultural products and/or nonagricultural products that are on the National List. The four categories of labeling based on product composition & the labeling specifications for each are summarized below: “100 percent organic” can be used to label any product that contains 100 percent organic ingredients (excluding salt and water, which are considered natural). Federal government websites always use a .gov or .mil domain. Overall, if you make a product and want to claim that it or its ingredients are organic, your final product probably needs to be certified. The USDA requirements for products that are labeled with the term "organic" are separate from the laws that FDA enforces. Principal display panel: May include USDA organic seal and/or organic claim. Principal display panel: Must not include USDA organic seal anywhere or the word “organic” on principal display panel. Labeling requirements are based on the percentage of organic ingredients in a product. “organic carrots”) or via an asterisk or other mark. Cosmetics, lotions and other personal hygiene products certified for compliance with NSF/ANSI 305 are permitted to bear the NSF “contains organic ingredients” mark confirming compliance with this standard. The rules for labeling organic retail products, both raw and processed, are addressed under the “Product Composition” section of the USDA organic regulations. *Some operations are exempt from certification, including organic farmers who sell $5,000 … The logo is compulsory for most organic products and must be displayed according to a specific set of rules. Remaining ingredients are not required to follow the USDA organic regulations. For example, a soup made with at least 70% organic ingredients and only organic vegetables may claim “soup made with organic peas, potatoes and carrots” or “soup made with organic vegetables.” Organic ingredients must be identified on the information panel (e.g. They may be certified to the NOP, but are not required to by law. This is the third installment of the Organic 101 series that explores different aspects of the USDA organic regulations. In addition to setting requirements for how organic agricultural products are grown, processed and handled, the NOP also sets labeling requirements for these products. Organic products certified to the USDA organic standards may be sold and labeled as organic in the EU. Any remaining ingredients must consist of non-agricultural substances that appear on the NOP National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. Nonorganic agricultural products and several nonagricultural products on the National List may only be used if they are not commercially available as organic. Products labeled as “100% organic” must contain only organically produced ingredients and processing aids, excluding water and salt. If it’s an agricultural product intended for human consumption, use of the term organic requires certification. Looking for certified products and systems instead. The NOP requires that all products bearing any of the above organic labels identify each organically produced ingredient in the ingredient statement on the information panel. Before sharing sensitive information online, make sure you’re on a .gov or .mil site by inspecting your browser’s address (or “location”) bar. However, the USDA organic seal cannot be used anywhere on the package. Cosmetic products labeled with organic claims must comply with both USDA regulations for the organic claim and FDA regulations for labeling and safety requirements for cosmetics. There are a number of detailed constraints regarding the ingredients that comprise the nonorganic portion. Your certifying agent will review and approve each of your product labels to ensure compliance. Producers who market less than $5,000 worth of organic products annually are not required to apply for organic certification. Use of NSF consulting services or attending NSF training sessions does not provide an advantage, nor is it linked in any way to the granting of certification. Organic products imported to the U.S. must comply with the USDA organic regulations or be certified to an equivalent international standard, meet U.S. labeling requirements, and maintain organic integrity during the import process. The logo must be used by: all pre-packaged EU food products, produced and sold as organic within the EU. No other ingredients or additives are permitted. However, all fi bers identi fi ed in these textile products as “organic” must be produced and certifi ed to NOP standards. Raw natural fi bers, such … Up to 5 percent of the ingredients may be nonorganic agricultural products and/or nonagricultural products that are on the National List. They must, however, comply with the organic production and handling requirements of the regulations, including recordkeeping (records must be kept for at least 3 years). Regulation 203/2012 sets out the conditions to label wine as organic. Information Panel: Must identify organic ingredients (e.g., organic dill) or via asterisk or other mark. Principal display panel: May include USDA organic seal and/or 100 percent organic claim. This is to prevent consumer confusion, help maintain trust in organic food and support the authorities in their inspection regimes. Our mission is to improve global health through the development of standards and certifications that protect food, water, products and the environment. National Organic Program Labeling of Textiles Under National Organic Program (NOP) Regulations USDA regulates the term “organic” as it applies to agricultural products through its National Organic Program (NOP) regulation, 7 CFR Part 205. Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. Sorbic acid and desulfurication are not allowed and the level of sulfites must be at least 30-50 mg per liter lower than their conventional equivalent. The products from such noncertified operations cannot be used as organic ingredients in processed products produced by another operation; such noncertified products also are not allowed to display the USDA certified organic seal. An official website of the United States government. A product labeled as “100% organic” must be made up of only 100 percent organically produced ingredients. Personal care products, textiles and dietary supplements fall outside the USDA’s authority. The .gov means it’s official. Most raw, unprocessed farm products can be designated “100 percent organic.” Likewise, many value-added farm products that have no added ingredients—such as grain flours, rolled oats, etc.—can also be labeled “100 percent organic.”. They are permitted to identify specific ingredients that are organically produced on the ingredients statement on the information panel. with organic …” in the labeling of textile products to only those products manufactured in certifi ed organic facilities or containing a minimum of 70 percent organic fi bers. The percentage of organic content and the certifying agent’s mark may be used on the principal display panel. Organic products bearing either of these labels must be grown, handled and processed without the use of pesticides or other synthetic chemicals, irradiation, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or bioengineering. Similar to other organic products, processed products labeled “made with organic _______” cannot be produced using any processes prohibited by the NOP. “Organic” can be used to label any product that contains a minimum of 95 percent organic ingredients (excluding salt and water).