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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates the standards for every farm / unit that wants to sell an agricultural product as an organic product. This includes cultivation, harvest and all the processes involved.
The United States Department of Agriculture issues this certificate to products that are 100% organically grown or 95% of the ingredients come from certified organic sources. The remaining 5% do not come from organically grown sources, but must in no way endanger health or the environment.
The label shows that the criteria of the Organic Standard are met.
Products may not be sold, labeled or displayed as “organic”; the quality mark may not be used.
For the transition period, USDA is offering technical and financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
Cosmetics can also be certified. Cosmetic items can be certified if they consist of ingredients of agricultural origin and these are certified.
Organic: The products or raw materials come from organic agriculture.
“Made with organically produced ingredients or food groups”:
Social criteria are not included
Companies can only be certified by persons who have been accredited as certifiers by the minister.
At the beginning of a certification there is an initial inspection of every operating unit, facility and site on site that produces or processes organically produced products and that belongs to a company for which certification has been applied for. Then there is an annual on-site inspection.
A certifier can also carry out additional on-site inspections of applicants for certification and of certified companies in order to determine compliance with the law and the order. Additional control may also be required from the administrator or senior state official of the State organic program. These can be announced or unannounced at the discretion of the certifier or at the request of the administrator or senior official.