Language of labels, organic foods
- "100 percent organic" - To boast this phrase on the principal display label, every single ingredient in the product including the processing aids must be organically produced. These products are your food friends and will always display the dignified USDA organic seal.
- "Organic" - Products labeled organic may contain up to 5 percent nonorganic ingredients that are not commercially available in organic form. With only 95 percent of the ingredients truly organic, these products are still permitted to display the USDA organic seal -- you probably won't find an "organic" product without one.
- "Made with Organic Ingredients" - This is where it starts to get tricky. The USDA draws the line with its stately seal on these products, which must contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients. However, these products may display the percentage of organic content and the certifying agent seal or mark on the principal display label.
- "This product has some organic ingredients" - These products contain less than 70 percent organic ingredients— the least organic of the organics. Yet if the organic ingredients are listed in the ingredients list, the labels on these products can still incorporate a phrase with the percentage of organic ingredients. Hmm.
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