Organic Food Labeling

The interest of whether the food products sold in the market is organic or not comes from the increasing awareness of consumers for healthy foods.

Such is the case that the word ‘organic’ has been controversial and has forced governments to make criteria on the use of it as label in food packaging. Read to learn more.

Since the every-increasing interest and consciousness about the healthiness of any product that has no preservative or artificial substance, the word “organic” printed in almost every food packaging has become a crucial to scrutiny of consumers and of the country that governs food labeling. This becomes now the issue of organic food labeling and there are many issues and rules that come with it. On the part of the consumers, they are just concerned on the genuineness of the food product as organic if this is declared while the governments are concerned that there should be no misleading or false declaration in the food packaging to the safety of the consumers.

There are many rules regarding organic food labeling and this differs from each country of origin. Though there is one basic rule similar with each country that governs how to label food as organic. If the food is 70 percent organic, then it can be labeled as organic.

Below are some guidelines on the process of labeling food as organic or not based on two countries:

Organic Food Labeling in USA

The US government has come up with three classifications of when to label the food as organic or not. From these three criteria play whether the food can be said organic or not.

The first is the so called “100 percent organic.” This states that the food labeling ought to show that these products contain no additives, synthetics, pesticides, genetic-engineered substance, and chemicals to be declared and labeled as organic. The food product’s packaging also should list down the ingredients used for the food product and details about the handler and the name of the organic certifier.

The next one is the “USDA organic”. This means the food product must contain at least 95% organic ingredients.

Lastly, “made with organic” connotes that the food product contains 70% organic ingredients.

Organic Food Labeling in UK

First and foremost, the supplier to be able to label the food product as organic food must be certified by the government.

There are three classifications or criteria wherein a food product can be labeled as organic:

  • The organic ingredients in the food product used should be 95%
  • If the organic ingredients used is between 70-95%, the term organic can only be included in the listing of the ingredients in the packaging
  • If less than 70% were used as organic ingredient for the food product, then it cannot be called organic.


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