Understanding Organic Terminology

Wednesday, September 2, 2009 12:43
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Monday I shared with you the top foods to buy organic, but do you know what all the organic terminologyOrganic means?

Organic means that:

  • Animals have not been treated with antibiotics, growth hormones, or feed made from animal byproducts
  • Animals have been fed organic feed for at least a year.
  • Animals have access to the outdoors
  • Food has not been genetically modified or irradiated
  • Fertilizer does not contain sewage sludge or synthetic ingredients
  • Produce has not been contaminated with synthetic chemicals used as pesticides

Now, if you can't remember all of the above information here is information to help you understand the Organic label:

  • Products labeled 100% Organic must contain only organically produced ingredients and processing aids
  • Products labeled Organic must contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients. 
  • Products meeting the requirements for 100% Organic and Organic may display these terms and the percentage of organic content on their package or display panel. They can also use the USDA Organic seal.
  • Processed products that contain at least 70% organic ingredients can use the phrase "made with organic ingredients" and list up to 3 of the organic ingredients or food groups on the label, but can not use the USDA Organic seal.

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