USDA Organic certification is a certification process for the producers of organic food and manufactured organic products, including organic personal health care products.
The USDA certification is the strictest regulation in the organic personal health care industry. It includes restriction like:
- Ingredients must be free from synthetic chemicals: fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives or genetically modified organisms (GMO)
- Ingredients must be grown on farmland that has been free from chemicals for at least three years
- Detailed written production and sales records (audit trail) must be kept
- Strict physical separation of certified organic products must be maintained
- Strict sanitation and production procedures must be maintained for each production batch.
- Farmland and manufacturers must undergo periodic on-site inspections.
The Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) and the National Organic Program (NOP) assure consumers that the organic products they purchase are produced, processed, and certified to consistent national organic standards. The labeling requirements of the NOP apply to raw, fresh products and processed products that contain organic agricultural ingredients. Products that are sold, labeled, or represented as organic must be produced and processed in accordance with the NOP standards.
100% Organic—Products bearing this label are made with 100% organic ingredients* and may display the USDA Organic seal.
Organic—These products contain at least 95–99% organic ingredients (by weight). The remaining ingredients are not available organically but have been approved by the NOP. These products may display the USDA Organic seal.
Made with Organic Ingredients—Packaging that reads "Made With Organic Ingredients" must contain 70–94% organic ingredients. These products will not bear the USDA Organic seal; instead, they may list up to three ingredients on the front of the packaging.
Other—Products with less than 70% organic ingredients may only list organic ingredients on the information panel of the packaging. These products will not bear the USDA Organic seal.
Our products achieved USDA certification through Pro-Cert.
Pro-Cert certifies some 1,700 organic producers, processors, handlers and traders in Canada and the US.
Pro-Cert's certification scope grew from certification to its own standard to certification via appropriate accreditation to:
- the Canadian Organic Standards and Product Regulations;
- the EC Regulation 834/07 and 889/08;
- the USDA National Organic Program;
- The Quebec Organic Reference Standards;
- MAFF (JAS) Regulations.
*Salt and water are not included.