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What do the different labels on organic foods mean?

There are a few ways organic foods can be labeled:
  • Foods that are made with all organic ingredients can use the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Organic Seal and can claim “100% organic” on the front label.
  • Foods made with 95% organic ingredients -- by weight, excluding water and salt -- can use the claim “organic” and display the USDA seal.
  • Foods that are labeled “made with organic ingredients” contain at least 70% organic ingredients. These ingredients can be listed on the front label and in the ingredients list, but the organic seal cannot be displayed on the product.

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