Giveaway Question Answer, It Might Surprise You!

In the giveaway I did earlier, I asked "What percent of organic ingredients are required in order to display the USDA organic logo on a product?" Only 4 of the winners got it right. The correct answer is 95%.

According to the USDA:
"Labeling standards are based on the percentage of organic ingredients in a product. Products labeled "100 percent organic" must contain only organically produced ingredients. Products labeled "organic" must consist of at least 95 percent organically produced ingredients. Products meeting the requirements for "100 percent organic" and "organic" may display the USDA Organic seal."

Why?
Certain items, for example salt and water cannot be "organic" under USDA guidelines, so a product may contain 95% organic ingredients and still display the seal. This is also the case if an organic substitution for an ingredient is not commercially available at the time of production (see 205.606).

If you want to know more about organic labels, read this document from the USDA on organic labeling. For a quick cheat sheet, gorganicearthday.org has created this handy guide below:


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