Understanding Organic Certification

The organic label is one of many claims that can help shoppers make product purchasing decisions. But what does organic really mean?

Organic is a term that refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Organic regulations vary by country but are designed to address standards for producing and handling crops, livestock and processed agricultural products to ensure that they are produced without the use of banned processes, such as the use of genetically modified organisms, synthetic chemicals or sewage sludge.

Organic regulations apply to the way a product is created, not to measurable properties of the product itself. Although specific practices and materials used by organic operations may vary, every aspect of organic production and handling must comply with the provisions of the organic regulations in the country where the product is being sold in order for that product to be labeled as organic. Onsite audits are conducted by accredited certifying agents to verify that the producers of the organic crop, the handlers of the crop and the packaging location are following

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