Organic Labeling and Non Food Products

Are you confused about the word “organic” on the products you buy?  Not sure what that really means?

You are not alone.  According to the Organic Trade Association 67% of the folks that participated in the annual U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs Tracking Study believed that only organic food items can carry the USDA Organic seal.  This is not true.

There are many non-food products (including ours) that contain agricultural ingredients and are certified to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program standards (NOP).

The confusion lies with the companies that make organic claims about products that are not certified.  These companies are unregulated because they fall outside the NOP scope of authority.

What can you do?  How do you know if the products you are using are really what they claim?

We hope to make this clear for you.  


This is the USDA's organic seal.  You will only find it on Certified Organic products Both food and non-food.
This is the USDA’s organic seal.
You will only find it on Certified Organic products
Both food and non-food.

As we researched for this article we found many non-food companies using the word “organic” with nothing to back it up.  No certification or seal.  Some companies even have the word in their company name!!  We are not naming names because the problem is broad and systemic.

When products are Certified Organic you are getting the quality product with the quality ingredients that you are expecting.

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