Nowadays, organic foods can be identified by a logo designating a food as organic somewhere on its packaging. In this blog post, organic certification will be discussed and the most common governmental regulations will be presented.
Organic certification is an integral part of ensuring that consumers receive the best quality food grown under the best care. It exists to provide consumers with the certainty that they are buying 100% organic products. The laws and regulations dividing certified from non-certified organic food keep farming system accountable and reliable, allowing the companies that fully comply with the standards to showcase the certified organic label on their products.
There are certain standards that have to be complied with in order to become an organic operation such as:
- To eliminate the use of chemical pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, and the use organic feed for animals;
- To avoid using genetically modified substances, seeds and organisms;
- To utilize farmland that has been free of pesticide use for at least 3 years;
- To separate non-certified organic materials from certified organic materials.
In addition to these regulations, farmers, food processing plants, seed distribution companies and shipping companies are subject to inspections of their facilities and machines whenever declared necessary by the certifying bodies. These companies also need to keep a paper trail of all of their documents for auditing reasons.
The most seen organic certifications labels identified that can be seen on packaging are as following depending on your geographic location:
1. US-USDA Certified Organic. “It is a symbol of hard work and integrity and one of the highest standards in the United States.” (USDA 2014). This logo displayed on the packaging indicates that those products are grown, packaged and shipped following the specific guidelines required by the U.S. government.
2. EU-EU Organic. The EU organic logo is a quick and simple way for consumers to recognize organic production, and an important step in guaranteeing that organic produce is always of the same high standards.
All in all, organic products are certified in order to proactively create a control system to ensure environmental care. Meeting these standards not only shows the producer’s commitment to a healthy and more sustainable planet but in addition, it also assures consumers and buyers that the agricultural products meet all the organic certification requirements.
A good example is provided by Natural Habitats. They are a supplier of certified organic, fair-trade and sustainable palm oil. More information about Natural Habitats and organic certifications can be found natural-habitats.com here .
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Natural Products Expo is largest and the most important trade show on the east coast and Natural Habitats is delighted to be a part of it;
Natural Habitats is eager to meet, connect and engage with like-minded businesses and customers that share our credo of sustainable and organic production for a more responsible and social world;
Natural Habitats is excited to see the mixture of different cultures at the Natural Products Expo and learn more about their heritage and typical products;
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