National Organic Program "Final Rule"

William Barry unclebil at
Thu Dec 21 17:23:48 EST 2000

Hi all

Basically what they are saying is unless something is certified organic you
legally can not use the word.
Produce that is certified or any product in which all ingredients are
certified can be labeled "100% Organic".

Something made with 95% certified ingredients can be labeled "Organic"  as
in a veggie soup where all but 5%(by weight) of the ingredients are

If your veggie soup has some certified and some conventionally grown
ingredients and the certified make up between 75% to 95% of the total
weight,  the soup can be labeled "Made with Organic Ingredients."

If your soup is made of both certified and conventional ingredients and the
certified make up between 50% & 75% you may list the certified ingredients
as organic on the ingredient panel on the label.

Less than 50% and you can not use the word organic.... if any GMO
ingredients or irradiated ingredient or any sewage sludge raised ingredients
are included you can not use the word "organic" on the label..

"Organic" is designed to assure the consumer how the product was raised and
that these products met the minimum level determined by the National Organic

Prior to passing of this Regulation, we know of one company labeling its
sewage sludge as organic.  We called them on it and their comment was that
it was "natural" and therefore  "organic".  This should put a kink in their
armor...might even have to change the product name as "organic" is in the
product name.

Bill & Linda Barry
Barry Farm
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lucy Goodman-Owsley" <goodows at>
To: "market farming" <market-farming at>
Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2000 4:48 PM
Subject: Re: National Organic Program "Final Rule"

On Thu, 21 Dec 2000 07:25:31 -0600, market farming wrote:

>  I think they mean you can't call something ("modify" it, as in an
adjective) organic if it's say, plastic row crop cover. Can't call it
"organic" cover.
>    ----- Original Message -----
>    From: Del Williams
>    To: market farming
>    Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2000 7:18 AM
>    Subject: Re: National Organic Program "Final Rule"
>    § 205.300 Use of the term, "organic."
>    ...
>    The term, "organic," may not be used in a product name to modify a
>    nonorganic
>    ingredient in the product.
>    ...
>    What are they talking about here?  What would be an example of a
>    Del Williams
>    Farmer in the Del
>    Clifton IL
>  i think what they are saying is you cannot call a product organic because
it contains organic ingredients. for example a product that has only 50% of
the ingreds cert. organic cannot call itself organic but can say there are
organic ingreds in the product. So a violation would be calling a salsa
organic because it has cert organic peppers in it but the tomatoes are not
cert. organic.

Lucy Goodman-Owsley
Boulder Belt CSA
New Paris, OH
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