Labels

Navigating through all of the labels on food products can be confusing. Here’s a brief look at some of the common labels you’ll see on products at Valley Natural Foods.

 

ORGANIC

The USDA organic seal verifies that irradiation, sewage sludge, synthetic fertilizers, prohibited pesticides, and genetically modified organisms were not used. The product has 95% or more certified ingredients.

The seal on organic meat means that animal health and welfare needs were met along with 100% organic feed and no use of antibiotics or growth hormones.

The USDA organic seal verifies that irradiation, sewage sludge, synthetic fertilizers, prohibited pesticides, and genetically modified organisms were not used. The product has 95% or more certified ingredients. The seal on organic meat means that animal health and welfare needs were met along with 100% organic feed and no use of antibiotics or growth hormones.

http://usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=ORGANIC_CERTIFICATIO

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NATURAL

According to the USDA, meat, poultry, and egg products labeled as “natural” must be minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients. There are no standards for the farm practices. The USDA has standards for meat and eggs but there are no regulations for labeling of other natural foods.

 

FAIR TRADE

Fair Trade means just that-a fair price and fair living conditions. This is a model for trade that allows consumers to identify products that were made under practices that seek greater equity for all parties involved.

http://fairtradeusa.org/

Fair Trade Certified Logo

 

NON GMO PROJECT CERTIFIED

 

The seal with the butterfly indicates that the product has gone through the Non GMO Project verification process that follows best practices for GMO avoidance.

http://www.nongmoproject.org/

Non GMO label for Labels page