100% Organic – These products contain only organically produced ingredients and by law they can display the official USDA organic seal.
Organic – This means that these products contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients, while the remaining percentage of ingredients must be non-agricultural substances. Use of the USDA Organic seal guarantees that at least 95% of the food’s ingredients are organic.
Made With Organic Ingredients – These items must contain at least 70-94% organic ingredients and they may not legally use the USDA Organic seal.
Other (Natural) – Products with less than 70% organic ingredients are only allowed to list the specific ingredients that are organic on the packaging within the information panel. These products are not able to use the USDA Organic Seal.
Once you understand the differences within this rating system, it is easy to identify the true organic components of the products you purchase. Each ingredient used always gets evaluated by a third party company to determine whether or not it is in fact organic. The standards of these tests are high, making it a trustworthy way to know whether or not you are truly getting what you pay for.