What is Organic Certification?
Organic products are more popular than ever. The Organic Trade Association’s 2020 Organic Industry Survey found that 2019 sales totaled a record $55.1 billion. This represented a 5 percent increase over 2018.
This rapidly growing sector is important to mindful consumers and therefore provides an opportunity for manufacturers to uniquely service their demand. This article addresses some of the common topics related to organic finished good production. You’ll learn about the organic certification process, labeling requirements, and more.
What is Organic Certification & How Do You Become Certified Organic?
Organic certification is the certification process overseen by the USDA, the purpose of which is to guarantee to buyers that the products they purchase have been grown, produced, and processed according to federal guidelines.
There are five basic steps to achieve organic certification:
1. The company implements organic practices, selects a USDA-accredited certifying agent, and submits an application and fees.
2. The certifying agent reviews the application to verify the operation’s practices comply with USDA organic regulations.
3. An inspector conducts an on-site inspection.
4. The certifying agent reviews the application and the inspector’s report to determine if the applicant complies.
5. The certifying agent issues an organic certificate.
One of the requirements to maintain organic certification is to participate in an annual review and inspection to ensure all regulations are still being met. Certified organic businesses are listed on the USDA’s Organic Integrity Database.
For more information on becoming certified, click here.
What are Organic Product Labeling Requirements?
Labeling requirements for organic products are overseen by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP). The requirements are based on the percentage of organic ingredients present in the product:
- 100% Organic – Must contain only organically produced ingredients and processing aids.
- Organic – Must contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients. Any other ingredients must consist of non-agricultural substances that appear on the NOP National List of Allowed & Prohibited Substances.
- Made with Organic – Processed products that contain a minimum of 70% organic ingredients may state on the label “made with organic [insert up to three ingredients, food groups, or combination of ingredient and food groups].”
- Contains Organic Ingredients – Processed products that contain less than 70% organic ingredients cannot use the term “organic” anywhere on the principal display panel but may specify ingredients that are organically produced on the ingredients statement on the information panel.
For more information on organic product labeling, click here.
Avatar’s Contribution to the Organic Industry
Avatar Corporation is proud to serve organic-certified businesses, including food processors, bakers, meat processors, and more. The majority of our certified products are 95% organic or 100% certified organic. This includes our line of general-purpose, vegetable-based, and water-miscible ProKote® organic-certified release agents.
Avatar maintains numerous best practices certifications and has been inspected and certified for organic production by Quality Assurance International/NSF International (QAI). To get pricing, order a sample, connect with a territory manager, or for other inquiries, contact us.