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HealthExtra: Organic or…what?
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Decoding food labels is almost a science these days, especially if you’re looking for organic foods. So what does it mean when you see the word organic on a label?

  • 100 percent organic products must contain only organically produced ingredients—excluding water and salt. They must meet U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards and be certified that they’ve been grown without using most conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, bioengineering methodology or ionizing radiation.
  • Organic foods must contain at least 95 percent organically produced ingredients.
  • Made with organic ingredients means the product contains at least 70 percent organic ingredients, which need to be listed individually on the package’s information panel.

Made with organic ingredients means the product contains at least 70 percent organic ingredients, which need to be listed individually on the package’s information panel.

Products may be natural, free-range or hormone free, but they’re not organic unless they bear the USDA Organic seal. Be a smart shopper: Read labels carefully!