If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils.
A trusted partner in the essential oils industry, doTERRA defines essential oils as naturally occurring, aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.
For hundreds of years, essential oils have been used for medicinal, beauty and cleaning treatments. So how can you make your oils stand out from the rest?
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The term “all natural” has a different meaning on poultry and meat labels than it does on other food labels, and the debate over “natural” labels for meats comes up every now and again. Here’s the scoop on what “all natural” means on a meat label or poultry label, how meat labels are currently regulated, and the requirements for labeling meats in the United States.
Before we begin with a discussion of natural labeling, there is some meat labeling news I want to let you know about. In December 2010, the USDA announced that starting in 2012, nutrition labels for meat must be included on 40 of the most commonly purchased cuts of beef, poultry, pork and lamb. Until 2012, meat labels are not legally required to have nutrition facts panels. The new nutrition facts labels must include Calories, Calories from Fat, Total Fat, Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, and Protein.
Interestingly, any meat label that lists its lean percentage, such as “85% lean,” must also list its corresponding fat percentage, such as “15% fat.”
The USDA’s intention behind requiring the nutrition labels is to help consumers make “informed decisions” that will enable healthy eating choices.
If you are a meat processor who will be making changes to your labels in advance of 2012, we’d be happy to help you to design and print new meat labels that satisfy USDA requirements.
What Are the Regulations for Labeling Meat and Poultry as “Natural?”
Meat and poultry label statements are evaluated by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for truth and accuracy in label claims.
According to FSIS policy, the term “natural” may be used on a meat label or poultry label if the product does not contain any artificial flavor or flavoring, coloring ingredient, chemical preservative, or any other artificial or synthetic ingredient. In addition, the product cannot be more than “minimally processed” (defined as processes which make food edible, preserve it, or make it safe such as smoking, freezing, drying, or grinding meat).
Are “Natural” Label Claims Evaluated Before Meats and Poultry are Marketed?
Yes. Meat labels and poultry labels must be submitted to the FSIS for pre-approval before they can be used in commerce.
According to Gwendolyn Wyard, Processing Program Reviewer and Technical Specialist at Oregon Tilth, the main difference between FSIS meat labeling regulation and FDA food label regulation for non-meat foods is that the FSIS is pro-active, while the FDA is re-active. While meat and poultry producers must submit their label claims to the FSIS for review before they can be marketed, makers of other foods can market their products first, and will face repercussions only if the FDA decides to take issue with them.
What is the Current USDA Standard for Label Statements on “Natural” Meat Labels and Poultry Labels?
The current FSIS Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book (2003) requires meat and poultry labels to include a brief statement directly beneath or beside the “natural” label claim that “explains what is meant by the term natural, i.e., that the product is a natural food because it contains no artificial ingredients and is only minimally processed.” If this explanatory statement is located somewhere other than directly beneath or beside the claim on the primary display panel of the meat label, an asterisk should be used to tie the explanation to the claim.”
Can I Print the Words “All Natural” on my Meat Labels?
Yes, if the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) approves your product and label claims.
Can I Print the Words “Organic” on my Meat Labels?
Yes, if your meat processing facility has been certified organic under USDA National Organic Program standards.
Demand for Stricter Standards and The Truth Behind Natural Labeling …
So far we’ve discussed current laws – now on to the debate. Some meat and poultry producers want the government to provide more regulation of “natural” label claims so that they can make their meat labels more informative, and so that they can better promote their meat and poultry products that are produced without antibiotics and hormones(claims which are not currently regulated by the FSIS).
Recently, there has been disagreement among poultry producers about the type of chicken that is being labeled as “natural.” Labeling chicken as “natural” when it has been injected with salt, water, and other ingredients has been questioned by producers, politicians, and health advocates.
They have brought salt levels to the public’s attention after studies showed that 1/3 of chicken in the United States was injected with additives which could potentially harm people who are required to limit their salt intake. This information has led the USDA to review its current policy, and the FSIS has said it plans to issue new rules and regulations in the fall of 2010.
One of the biggest advocates of revising “natural” labeling regulations is Perdue Chicken, the nation’s third largest poultry producer. Perdue has taken the position that, because consumers put a lot of trust in food labels, Perdue chicken labels will only say “natural” or “all natural” if the chicken contains no additives, including salt and water.
The Truthful Labeling Coalition (TLC) (of which Perdue is an active member) is a coalition of natural chicken producers and over 30,000 grassroots citizens representing each of our nation’s 50 states. The TLC is committing their time and effort to urge the USDA to change their labeling regulations on natural foods.
Truthful Labeling Coalition proposed new regulations include:
● allowing only 100% natural chicken (with no additives) to be claimed as “natural”
● requiring all chicken producers to identify all added ingredients in bold face print
● allowing the “Raised Without Antibiotics” label claim for brands of poultry that don’t use any compounds that are categorized as antibiotics
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Back in late August I received an e-mail from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) titled “FDA to Convene Public Hearing on the Labeling of Food Made from AquAdvantage Salmon” this caught my eye because before I had not heard of genetically modified salmon, but I am always interested in the topic of GMO labeling. Since that day it seems that all I’ve seen in newsfeeds, Twitter-feeds, and so forth are links to news on genetically modified fish and GMO labeling standards. Apparently we are on the verge of seeing the first modified animal approved for consumption here in the United States!
What is genetically modified fish?
Genetically modified organisms are defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as organisms in which “the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally.” Genetically modified foods are typically developed as a way to provide a marketable advantage – a more durable food, easier to transport, an increased nutritional value, and so on.
Right now the fish being talked about in the news is AquAdvantage Salmon. This Atlantic salmon is genetically engineered and produced by AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. out of Massachusetts. The salmon is injected with gene from a Chinook salmon which allows the fish to grow faster than a traditional salmon, and also a gene from an ocean pout eel that gives the fish an “anti-freeze” property that makes the AquAdvantage salmon unique because it can grow in colder conditions than regular salmon which stop growing in cold conditions.
FDA Finds Genetically Modified Salmon is Safe
The FDA’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee has determined, after running tests, that the AquAdvantage salmon is “as safe to eat as other Atlantic salmon.” It appears to be on its way to FDA approval, and sale to consumers in the USA.
Consumer and Government Concern Over Genetically Modified Salmon
Leaked internal e-mails from the US Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service expose that even government scientists in doubt of the FDA’s findings. Also, some consumers and members of the US government remain concerned about the safety of genetically modified salmon, despite the FDA’s findings that it is safe, because it may endanger wild salmon if the populations mix.
Labeling of Genetically Modified Fish
This is a touchy subject, not only are some consumers against genetically modified fish in general, they may not even know if the fish they are buying is genetically modified.
Surprisingly, the FDA says it can’t make AquaBounty label its salmon as “genetically modified” due to idiosyncrasies within federal regulations. Conventional food makers are also stuck in a labeling predicament because other FDA regulations making it difficult for them to label their food as “not containing” genetically modified ingredients, etc.
There have been many consumers voicing their opinions through editorials and even proposed new bills in Congress. Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, chairwoman of the House committee that controls the USDA and FDA budgets, proposed a bill on September 29, 2010 that would mandate labeling of genetically modified fish. The bill is titled “Consumer’s Right to Know Food Labeling Act.”
In the meatime, food makers and consumers are left to sort through a variety of voluntary labels that describe whether foods are genetically engineered or conventional.
Voluntary GMO Labeling Standards
Whole Foods Market has put its foot down on Genetically Modified Organisms. In October they announced a partnership with The Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization whose goal is to raise awareness about GMOs. With this partnership, Whole Foods will be displaying signs around their store and posting GMO information on their website, giving consumers access to information they might not otherwise know about.
Together, Whole Foods Market and The Non-GMO Project have created a third-party non-GMO verified label called “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal. This seal will help shoppers distinguish foods that do and do not contain GMOs.
Whole Foods Market has also put its foot down on Genetically Modified Organisms. In October they announced a partnership with The Non-GMO project, a non-profit organization whose goal is to raise awareness about GMOs.
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These days, consumers are becoming more conscious of the ingredients in the cosmetics and personal care products that we are putting on our body. Many cosmetic labels claim that products are “natural,” “healthy,” and “safe,” but the US government does not define or investigate the use of these terms on personal care and cosmetic labels.
So, what can a consumer look for on a cosmetic label or personal care label to make an informed decision about ingredients? With this topic more popular than ever, we here at QuickLabel have put together an informational “how-to” for those of you looking into getting certification for your cosmetics and personal care products.
There are three label standards: the government’s USDA Organic seal, the voluntary NSF “Made with Organic” seal, and the voluntary NPA “Natural” Standard for Personal Care Products seal.
Organic cosmetic labeling just got a big boost from the nation’s largest natural products retailer: Whole Foods Market. In June 2010, Whole Foods Market announced that starting June 2011 all personal care and cosmetics product labels making an “organic” claim must be certified by the USDA NOP and all labels with the “made with organic ingredients” statement be certified by the NSF. As part of an effort to crack down on fraudulent organic label claims, Whole Foods will not sell cosmetics or personal care products with labels that say “organic” unless they have the USDA Organic seal or the NSF Personal Care seal.
USDA Organic Cosmetics Labels: Cosmetics are eligible to receive the USDA Organic label seal under the National Organic Program (NOP), but the guidelines for this are very strict: a minimum of 95% of ingredients must be certified organic. Strict certification requirements that generally follow NOP standards such as: organic ingredients, materials, and production processes must be met. This is the same standard applied to organic foods, but it is considered very difficult to meet by personal care manufacturers.
NSF “Made with Organic” Cosmetics Labels: To fill in the gap between the high USDA standard and consumer demand for organic personal care products, NSF International and a group of personal care manufacturers, retailers, and trade associations come up with a new voluntary quality standard to regulate the use of the term “Made with Organic” and “Contains Organic Ingredients” on personal care and cosmetic product labels. The NSF standard was adopted by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI), as NSF/ANSI 305 Personal Care Products. To comply, a minimum of 70% of product ingredients must be organic, and the product and manufacturer must be certified to comply with the NSF/ANSI 305 standard.
Natural Cosmetics Labels and Personal Care Labels
What about personal care products that are not necessarily organic, but are still made of better-for-you ingredients? There is also a way for label-conscious consumers to identify whether cosmetics are “natural,” (made of renewable resources found in nature, containing no petroleum products): the Natural Standard for Personal Care Products, a voluntary certification created by the Natural Products Association (NPA) in 2008.
If you come across a personal care product labeled “natural” along with a Natural Products Association (NPA) official seal it means that the product is made with at least 95% all natural ingredients, ingredients that are all approved by the NPA. These are the criteria for NPA Natural Personal Care Products:
- Natural – any product labeled as “natural” should be made of natural ingredients (95%) and must be processed appropriately in order to keep its natural purity.
- Safety – “natural” labeled products must avoid ingredients that pose any human health risk.
- Responsibility – “natural” products should not be tested on animals
- Sustainability – biodegradable ingredients and eco-friendly packaging should be used for “natural” labeled products.
How Do I Get My Cosmetics & Personal Care Products Certified? (for Manufacturers)
Having a USDA Organic, NSF “Made with Organic” seal, or Natural Products Association certified Natural seal on your cosmetic label or personal care label is a symbol of trust to consumers, and many cosmetics makers and retailers are recognizing the value of these label seals.
● USDA Organic Certification. If your cosmetic or personal care product is made up of organic agricultural ingredients, you are eligible to undertake certification by a USDA-accredited certifying agent. You must meet National Organic Program standards for organic production, handling, processing, and labeling. After you are certified, you can download and use the official USDA Organic logo. Your labels with the USDA seal must also bear the name and address of your organic certifying agent.
● NSF “Made with Organic” Certification. If your organic product contains 70% or more organic ingredients it can qualify for NSF Personal Care Certification through a third-party certifier. Just like the USDA NOP, the NSF has specific requirements on materials, process, production, labeling and requires the NOP certified ingredients be used. An application, on-site inspection, and technical review are to be completed then certification will be determined.
How Can I Get a Cosmetics Label with a Natural or Organic Logo?
After receiving your USDA, NSF, or NPA certification, you’ll have the right to print a USDA Organic seal, NSF “contains organic ingredients” seal, or “NPA natural” seal on your cosmetics labels. You can either buy new printed cosmetics labels that feature your seal, or you can use an in-house digital label printer to make your own cosmetic labels with the NPA or NSF seal.
QuickLabel Systems offers several solutions for printing your own personal care labels and cosmetic labels with the USDA or NSF organic seal or the NPA natural seal. By printing your own natural or organic cosmetic labels with a QuickLabel printer you’ll have the ability to change your label design and print new product labels with your natural certification logo or seal, at your finger tips. You can also print private label versions of your cosmetics labels at any time, changing the logo branding and name on the label and retaining the USDA, NSF, or NPA seal and certification.
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Are you thinking about having your naturally-grown food or beverage products labeled as certified organic?
We get a lot of questions about organic labeling, so QuickLabel Systems put together these FAQs to explain the steps involved in getting a Certified USDA Organic label on your products.
What Does it Mean if a Product is Labeled as “Organic”?
In the United States, if a food or beverage product is labeled as “organic,” that means that the product has been grown, produced, inspected, and certified to be in compliance with the organic standards of the National Organic Program (NOP), a program of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Only the USDA can authorize a company to market and label its food or beverage as organic. If a company is authorized to label a product as USDA Organic, it has met USDA National Organic Program standards including:
- Pesticides: Foods are produced without using most conventional pesticides
- Fertilizer: Foods are produced without using fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge
- Bioengineering and Radiation: Foods are produced without the use of bioengineering or ionizing radiation
- Antibiotics and Growth Hormone: Organic meat, poultry, eggs,and dairy products must come from animals that are not antibiotics or growth hormones
- Sustainable Practices: The production process must use renewable resources and conserve soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations
Are There Different Organic Label Statements for Different Levels of Organic?
- 100% Organic: 100% of ingredients are organic, processing is 100% organic.
- Organic: 95% or more of ingredients are organic, some USDA-approved chemical additives may be used in processing.
- Made with Organic Ingredients: Certain ingredients are organic. This label statement is not a USDA standard labeling statement and cannot be used outside of the Ingredients Panel on the label. However, it can be made if a USDA-approved certifying agent has verified the claim that some ingredients are organic.
How Can My Company Get a Certified Organic Product Label?
Before you use the term “organic” on a product label sold in the United States, you must be given official certification and approval by the USDA.
Although the USDA sets organic standards, they do not directly certify farmers and processors. Organic Certifying Agents, who are accredited by the USDA, are responsible for the certification process.
You must hire an Organic Certifying Agent to verify that your production process meets USDA organic standards. Check out this list on the USDA website to find an accredited USDA organic certifying agency (PDF).
Is it OK to Use an Organic Label without USDA Approval?
No, it is not legal to market foods, beverages, or other agricultural products as “organic” if they are not USDA certified organic.You may face a fine of $11,000 if you do!
The label term “organic” is regulated, and can’t be used without official approval from the USDA and USDA Organic certification. US companies have been given large fines, up to thousands of dollars, from the USDA when organic labeling is improperly used.
Are Small Farms Exempt from USDA Organic Standards?
Yes. Farms and processors with $5,000 or less in gross income from organic sales are exempt USDA NOP standards and may label products as organic without USDA organic certification.
Can I rotate the USDA Organic Logo on My Label?
No, the USDA organic logo must be used in read direction only.
Can I Change the Color of the USDA Organic Logo on My Label?
No, the USDA Organic seal can only be represented in white, green (PMS 348), and brown (PMS 175), or in black-and-white. Many label designers wonder whether it’s OK to print the USDA Organic Seal in a different color because they want it to match their label design, but it’s important to adhere to USDA standards for use of the official organic seal. If you print your own labels, you will need a full color label printer to produce the organic logo in color, or at least a monochrome barcode label printer to produce the USDA organic logo in black and white.
What is the Marketing Value of an Organic Label?
The decision to certify and label your products as organic will involve time and cost. You may ask yourself: “will an organic label help me to sell more products to consumers?”
In an interview, we asked Curtis Johnson, General Manager of Woodstock Farms Manufacturing, whether he thought having an organic seal makes a product more marketable.
“You have to have it. It’s not a luxury these days. People really want and ask for and demand the organic certification. The actual certification on the package is a requirement, but it is also advertising, saying ‘our product is organic certified, so you know what you’re getting is good, and it’s tested,” said Johnson.
Mushroom farmer Eric Rose, who maintained organic standards even before applying for official USDA Organic certification, recently told the New York Times that he expected to be able to sell his produce for $1 per pound more when he gets the USDA Organic label.
Rosemary Quinn of the California Certified Organic Farmers Association (CCOF) underscored the importance of the USDA certified organic label, saying “the USDA organic seal allows for consumer trust in the organic integrity of a product. For consumers who want foods produced without pesticides or genetic engineering, the organic seal ensures this from farm to table.”
What Kind of Products Can Be Labeled with the USDA Organic Seal?
Only agricultural products that achieve organic certification can be labeled organic. This includes foods and beverages such as cheese, chocolate, cookies, juices, meats, milk, pasta, poultry, prepared sauces, soups, wines and alcoholic beverages, and more. Fiber products such as clothing, bedding, and tablecloths can also be labeled organic if they are made of organically grown natural fibers.
Personal care products and cosmetic products can only be labeled USDA Organic if they are made up of agricultural products. Otherwise, the FDA does not define the use of the term “organic” and does not regulate organic labeling for cosmetic products. Because of this, makers of personal care and cosmetics products are adopting their own voluntary, private organic standard, through the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF).
What is the Process to Get My Products Certified Organic?
You must familiarize yourself with USDA organic production requirements, and write an “organic system plan” that outlines your own production practices and verifies your compliance with USDA organic standards. Each processing plant and each company that handles your product before it is packaged must complete its own organic system plan. Then, submit your organic system plan to your certifying agent and prepare to be visited by your certifying agent for a site inspection. During your site inspection, your plan will be referenced to confirm that your actual practices following your plan.
To get an idea of how to prepare for an organic inspection, check out this preparation article from National Sustainable Agricultural Information Center.
Certification costs vary depending on the size of your production operation and on the accredited agency you choose to use. In general, organic certification costs run between $200 – $1500.
Your costs will include an application fee, site inspection fee, and an annual certification fee. Of course, your total costs will also include any expense you must make to bring your growing and production processes into compliance with National Organic Program standards.
We asked Rosemary Quinn, marketing specialist at the California Certified Organic Farmers Certification Service, to give us an idea of what it would cost to become certified organic with the CCOF as a certifying agent. She gave us these rules of thumb:
- Initial Application Fee: $275.
- Site Inspection Fee: depends on time and materials, usually less than $500.
- Expedited Certification Service: $1,475
- Annual Certification Fee: based on the Gross Organic Production Value, usually between $400 and $1,500 for a small farm or small processor
Are There Any Discounts Available for Organic Certification?
Yes. The USDA offers a “Cost Sharing Program” on a state by state basis that can save your business up to 75% of the costs associated with the organic certification process, not to exceed $750 per year.
When Will I be Approved for Organic Labeling?
After your site inspection is complete, the USDA approval process may take anywhere from 6 to 10 weeks. Once certification is granted, you will officially receive the right to label your products with the USDA organic seal.
After you are approved, you will be responsible for putting your organic system plan into action. You must update your plan annually in order to keep your current practices consistent with USDA organic regulations.
Will My Organic Certification Expire?
No, your organic certification will not expire. You will continue to be able to use organic labels on your products until you no longer want to maintain your certification.
However, your organic certifying agency may revoke or suspend your right to label products as organic if it determines that you are not following your organic system plan or that you are out of compliance with organic standards.
If you fail to follow organic standards, you are not legally allowed to continue to use an organic statement on your label, or an organic seal or agency certification logo. If you use organic statements on your labels without the right to do so, you will face large fines from the USDA.
How Can I Get an Organic Logo on My Label?
After your organic certification is approved and you receive the right to print an USDA Organic seal on your labels, you can either buy new printed labels which feature the USDA organic seal, or you can use an in-house digital label printer to change your labels and make your own labels with the organic seal.
QuickLabel Systems offers several solutions for putting the organic logo on your label. By printing your own organic labels with a QuickLabel printer you have the ability to change your label design and print new product labels with your organic logo or certification seal, at your finger tips. You can also print private label versions of organic product labels at any time, changing the logo branding and name on the label and retaining the organic seal and statement.
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