Organic Labeling

USDA organic products have strict production and labeling requirements. Organic products must meet the following requirements:

Can a product be labeled “organic” without being certified?

Overall, if you make a product and want to claim that it or its ingredients are organic, your final product probably needs to be certified. If you are not certified, you must not make any organic claim on the principal display panel or use the USDA organic seal anywhere on the package*. You may only, on the information panel, identify the certified organic ingredients as organic and the percentage of organic ingredients.

*Some operations are exempt from certification, including organic farmers who sell $5,000 or less.

Learn more about the labeling standards >

Using the Organic Seal >

Alcohol Beverage Labeling Guidelines


Aquaculture, Honey, Mushrooms, and Pet Food

The National Organic Program in the process of developing practice standards in these areas. Specific labeling guidance will be detailed after these standards are implemented. Honey, mushrooms, and pet food may be certified to the current production and handling standards. Certification of aquatic animals will not be available until new standards are complete.

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