17 eco-food labels decoded: Nos. 9-17
Consumers who need guidance deciphering all the seals, certifications and claims on food packaging can find answers in MNN's Food Label Guide.
Mon, Apr 26 2010 at 12:20 PM
What it means: While not third-party verified, this label means a product was caught without harming dolphins.
See it on: Tuna
What it means: A product is guaranteed by a third party to meet high standards for wildlife conservation, worker welfare and benefits to local communities. While farmers can use pesticides, the amount and type is strictly controlled and must continually be reduced.
See it on: Coffee, tea and chocolate
What it means: Farmers enjoy safe working conditions, living wages, fair prices for crops and they invest in business and community building projects. Plus, pesticides and GMOs are strictly prohibited.
See it on: Coffee, tea, chocolate, fruit, wine, sugar, rice and vanilla
Nutriclean Certified Organic
What it means: Nutriclean verifies produce with this label is up to par with USDA organic standards.
See it on: Produce
What it means: Developed by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and verified by a third-party tester, this seal ensures that coffee beans are 100 percent organic and shade-grown under a rain forest canopy — an important sanctuary for migratory birds.
See it on: Coffee
What it means: Product is made by a rigorously screened member of the Fair Trade Federation, a company that is fully committed to fair trade principles including safe working conditions, children’s rights, fair wages, cultivating environmental stewardship and respecting cultural identity.
See it on: Coffee, tea, chocolate, wine, poultry, eggs, dairy, meat and more
What it means: If you see this term on eggs or beef, it has little meaning. The USDA only defines the claim in relation to chicken, and even then, outdoor access can be limited to just five minutes a day.
See it on: Poultry, meat, eggs
No Antibiotics Added
What it means: A USDA regulated term that can be used if documentation can prove animals were raised without antibiotics.
See it on: Meat, poultry
No Hormones Administered
What it means: A USDA regulated term approved for beef products with documentation that no hormones were used during the cow’s life.
See it on: Beef
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