Organic, Non GMO & Gluten Free Products:
Organic, Non GMO & Gluten Free Labeling is becomming more popular among consumers. Below is a useful guideline for those with organic labeling questions. More information can always be found by contacting the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP). NOP is responsible for helping food producers labels food and beverage products correctly, to ensure consumers have organic content information available on the products they purchase.
100% Organic Labels
Only Organic food products (products made with 100% Organic ingredients*) can bear the USDA Organic Seal. Products that claim to be Organic must contain at least 95% organic ingredients (by weight) . The remainder of the ingredients do not have to be organic but must be approved by the NOP. Once approved, these products may display the organic seal on their packaging.
Made with Organic Ingredients
Any food or food packaging that has 70-94% organic ingredients* may not display the USDA Organic Seal but may state “Made with Organic Ingredients”. That product will then be responsible to list up to three ingredients on the front of their packaging.
Any food or beverage product with less than 70% organic ingredients may only list organic ingrdients on the Nutrition information panel of the packaging. These products may not bear a USDA Organic Seal.
Note: Products are not automatically deemed Certified Organic just because they are produced with organic ingredients. The use of the USDA Certified Ingredients label is voluntary and steps need to be taken to become a certified organic supplier.
*Salt & Water are not included
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. Simply put, the use of GMO’s in your foods means the food has been engineered by gene splicing and other biotechnology techniques before reaching your table. Most often, GMO’s are considered unsafe for human consumption. In America, almost 80% of food products contain GMO’s, effecting not only consumers but the environment and agricultural industries.The Non GMO Project, North America’s only Independent Verification of Non-GMO Products, currently lists no regulations, which is unfortunate. However, legislature is at work and efforts are being made to allow only Non GMO products to bear the Non-GMO Label.To stay informed about how you can partner with the GMO Project click here.To purchase GMO-Free labels for your products Shop Our Store. Gluten-Free LabelsCertified vs. Non-Certified GiG Gluten-Free Label
Certified Gluten-Free Labels assure that the food product being purchased contains less than 10-ppm gluten (5-ppm gliadin) and like proteins most common in rye and barley. Testing for gluten levels is done by the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC) and other such agencies.
In 2007, the FDA proposed that food manufacturers can label their products Gluten-Free only if those products do not contain any of the following ingredients: Wheat, Rye, Barley or crossbreeds of any of these ingredients when combined, are not processed to remove gluten.
Any products labeled Gluten-Free must be tested and certified to display the GiG Logo (Gluten-Free Certification Organization). However, you may label any gluten-free products with your own label design, as long as it is not the Certified GIG design. For more information about how you can become a Gluten-Free Certified Food Producer please visit http://www.gfco.org/. If you would prefer to label your products independently, ImageTek labels will custom print a label for you, to meet your specifications.
Many small business food producers, who choose not to be Certified by GiG, list an independent Gluten-Free logo. Visit our store to find Gluten-Free labels for your products.