What does USDA Organic Labeling Mean?

The USDA Organic labeling is a certification program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that designates agricultural products as meeting specific organic production standards. When you see the USDA Organic label on a product, it signifies that the item has been produced and processed in accordance with these rigorous organic standards. Here's what the USDA Organic labeling means:

  • Organic Farming Practices: Products labeled as USDA Organic are derived from farms that follow organic farming practices. Farms that produce these products are required to document their farming practices and avoid using some common chemical products.
  • Non-GMO: Organic standards prohibit the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in organic farming.
  • No Synthetic Growth Hormones or Antibiotics: For livestock products like meat, dairy, and eggs, the USDA Organic label indicates that animals were raised without the use of synthetic growth hormones or antibiotics.
  • Certified Organic Processors: For processed foods and other products bearing the USDA Organic label, the processing facilities must also be certified organic.
  • Labeling Requirements: Products labeled as USDA Organic must meet specific labeling requirements, including displaying the USDA Organic seal and indicating the certifying agent's name. The label often includes information about the percentage of organic ingredients (e.g., "100% Organic," "Organic," or "Made with Organic Ingredients").

The USDA Organic label is a trusted symbol of organic integrity in the United States. When consumers see this label on products, they can have confidence that the items have been produced and processed in accordance with strict organic standards.


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