The term “Organic” is regulated by the USDA as applying to agricultural products under the National Organic Program (NOP). Therefore, farmers and producers who meet the USDA/NOP organic production, handling, processing and labelling standards may be eligible to be certified under the NOP regulations. This also applies to a cosmetic, body care product or personal care product containing or made up of agricultural ingredients.
There are 4 organic labelling categories:
- “100% Organic” – product to contain only organically produced ingredients (except water and salt)
- “Organic” – product must contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients (except water and salt)
- “Made with Organic ingredients” – product must contain at least 70% organic ingredients and product label can list up to three of the organic ingredients or food groups on the principal display panel
- Less than 70% organic ingredients – products cannot use the term “organic ” anywhere on the principal display panel but may identify the specific ingredients which are USDA-certified as being organically produced on the information panel.
The term “Natural” is at the time of writing, not regulated although the FDA has received several citizen petitions to regulate it.
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