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The Different Meanings of “Organic” Food Labels

The Different Meanings of “Organic” Food Labels

Food labels are important so that consumers are able to identify the contents of a specific product. The word ‘’organic” is a common description of some certain products. The word ‘’organic’’ refers to the way foods are being handled and produced by the different food products manufacturers. Food labels with the word ‘’organic’’ mean the foods was produced without using the conventional sewage sludge, irradiation, pesticides, fungicides and petroleum-based fertilizers. When the word ‘’organic’’ is labeled on poultry eggs, dairy product packaging and meat it means that the animal received no antibiotics. The organic label in many dairy products also means that the animal was raised in a natural way. The word ‘’organic ‘’ may refer to different classification and description. Here are some of the different meanings of ‘’organic’’ food labels:

  • 100% Organic

Food products with food label 100% Organic means that the products contain only organic ingredients and processed naturally.

  • Organic

Products with organic labels mean that products are produced at least 95% organic food ingredients.

  • Contains Organic Ingredients

Products with label Contains Organic Ingredients mean it contain less than 70% organic ingredients to produce the products. Usually products with the label Contains Organic Ingredients also contain the list of specific organic components on the information panel of the product’s package.

  • Made with Organic Ingredients

It means that the product contains at least 70% organic ingredients. Specific organic labels and ingredients can be displayed on the front part of the product’s package.

The word ‘’organic’’ may refer to different classification of the product. It is important that consumers must understand the labels of the product, different ingredients used to produce the products and the organic food labels.