Established by Congress , this federal regulatory program develops and enforces uniform national standards for organically-produced agricultural products sold in the United States.
Operating as a public-private partnership, the National Organic Program (NOP) accredits third-party organizations to certify that farms and businesses meet the national organic standards. USDA and accredited certifiers also work together to enforce the standards, ensuring a level playing field for producers and protecting consumer confidence in the integrity of the USDA Organic Seal.
What’s Behind the Organic Seal? Organic Labels Explained
This consumer-friendly infographic is focused on helping consumers navigate the organic space and understand what to expect from any products bearing the USDA Organic Seal.
One side of the infographic provides an overview of the organic standards and the organic certification process. The other side gives readers an understanding of what different organic categories mean. Whether it’s the Organic Seal, Made with Organic, or a general description of “organic,” the USDA defines what qualifies under each of these terms.