food-001When you walk down a grocery store aisle you will see the words  “Organic”, “100% Organic”, “Contains Organic Ingredients” … and the list goes on. What does this labeling mean?

There are laws in place that determine how a manufacturer can use the word “organic” to label their product. Following is a quick summary of some of the more common labeling terms and what they mean. If you would like to delve deeper into food labeling visit

Guide to Organic Food Terms

When you buying organic foods, look for the “USDA Organic” label. Only foods in the categories “100% organic” and “organic” may display the USDA Organic Seal. Other foods with varying levels of organic ingredients may be labeled as follows:

  • “100% organic” – single ingredient such as a fruit, vegetable, meat, milk and cheese (excludes water and salt).
  • “Organic” – multiple ingredient foods which are 95 to 100% organic.
  • “Made with organic ingredients” – 70% of the ingredients are organic. Can appear on the front of package, naming the specific ingredients.
  • “Contains organic ingredients” – contains less than 70% organic ingredients.

If a label or sticker on produce begins with the # 9 (the five digit code on the label) then the product is organic.

If a label or sticker on produce begins with the # 4 (the five digit code on the label) then the product is conventional.

Remember, if a product is labeled “Organic” it doesn’t mean the ingredients used are necessarily healthier for you. If that were the case I would live on Organic Cream Filled Chocolate Cookies!

Have a great day.

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