National Organic Programme, which encompasses food (crops and livestock), textiles and health and beauty products. The seal is used throughout the US and can be found on organic products that are exported worldwide from the US.
Customers who purchase USDA certified products can be assured that the product/ingredients are certified organic and have been made without the use of synthetic preservatives, petrochemicals, ionizing radiation or pesticides.
Federal legislation has three classifications of organic:
- ‘100% organic’ (only organic ingredients). Can be ‘USDA’ certified.
- ‘organic’ (95% organic ingredients). Can be ‘USDA’ certified
- ‘made with organic ingredients’ (involving at least 70% organic ingredients). The USDA seal cannot be used on the packaging.