When you buy any product from Organic Taste, you can do so with complete confidence. We offer genuine products authenticated by respected organic certification organizations in the USA, European Union, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. They set high standards for the industry and examine methods and products on site.
Products on Organic Taste platform are endorsed by these organizations.
USDA runs under the National Organic Program (NOP).
According to USDA Organic product regulations, products can be certified as 100% organic, 95% organic, or “Made With Organic Ingredients” (meaning at least 70% organic). Products containing less than 70% organic ingredients by volume cannot be certified organic but we identify them as 'Contains Organic Ingredients'. Products that are at least 95% organic are eligible to be certified under the USDA program. So the USDA logo indicates that the product is at least 95% Organic. The percentage is based on the volume of organic ingredients in the product. Certain ingredients like salt or citric acid can't be certified as organic and often comprise part of the 5% or less non-organic ingredients in a product.
- European Union Organic Certification
The European Union imposes stringent regulation on food producers. They apply to all kinds of products – fruit, vegetables, meat, milk, wine, cheese, eggs, grains, coffee, chocolate and seafood. To gain the right to use the EU organic logo, farmers, processors, distributors, retailers and importers must follow strict EU organic rules. They cover sustainable production, environmental protection, quality and animal welfare standards. Apart from production and processing, they also monitor the control and labeling of organic food.
Producers are inspected by a public or private control body. If the result is positive, they gain certification enabling them to market their products as organic. Producers are inspected at least once a year to ensure that they follow organic rules.
ECOCERT was established in France in 1991. They set the standards and responsible practices and conduct inspections in these areas:
- Natural and organic cosmetics
- Natural cleaning products
- Natural and organic home perfumes
- Paintings and coating products of natural origin
- Being − Organic & ecological Spa
- EFT (Ecocert Fair Trade) – Organic and fair trade products
- Eve® (Ecological green spaces)
- Inputs eligible for use in organic farming (fertilizer, sanitary products, etc.)
- Environmentally friendly production and processing of aquatic plants (spirulina, food supplements)
Demeter is the brand for products from Biodynamic Agriculture. Only strictly controlled and contractually bound partners can use the logo. A comprehensive verification process insures strict compliance with the International Demeter Production and Processing Standards, as well as applicable organic regulations in various countries, through every stage from agricultural production to processing and packaging. Demeter requirements exceed government mandated regulations. They prohibit the use of synthetic fertilizers and chemical pesticides in agricultural production and artificial additives in processing. They also insist on measures to strengthen the life processes in soil and foodstuffs.
- Organic Soil Association
The Soil Association was founded in 1946 by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists who observed a direct connection between farming practice and plant, animal, human and environmental health. Today, they are the UK's leading membership charity, campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use.
The Soil Association standards exceed the EU organic regulations minimum requirements in many areas, but particularly in relation to animal welfare, GM and the use of pesticides. The standards cover everything from barley to beef, chocolate to coffee and specify what is allowed and disallowed in the production of food. But the standards apply to more than food - they also cover:
- Shops and other retailers
- Restaurants, bars and cafes
- Health and beauty products
- Clothing and textiles
- Gardening products like compost
- Timber and wood products
- Ethical Trade
- Agriculture Biologique
Created in November 2001, the French Agency for Development and Promotion of organic farming, is a national information platform that promote organic farming in France.
To market products from organic farming, every operator (producer, processor, distributor or importer) must be controlled by a certifying body recognized by the government and have the appropriate certificates. The annual checks follows EU and French legislation governing the entire production system: agricultural parcels, storage facilities, processing, materials accounting, compliance recipes and corresponding products, guarantees given by suppliers and labelling.
AsureQuality plays a vital role for New Zealand organic products standard by making sure that food is safe for millions of people worldwide. AsureQuality provides expert audit, inspection, verification and certification services to organic producers, processors and retailers in the dairy, meat, seafood, horticulture, wine and arable sectors.
BioGro is New Zealand’s largest and best-known certifier of organic produce and products. The BioGro logo guarantees that a product is made without animal testing, genetic modification and the routine use of synthetic pesticides. It is the mark of a genuine organic product.
OrganicFarmNZ(OFNZ) provides organic education and runs an organic certification scheme. OrganicFarmNZ is a not-for-profit organisation. Their mandate is to increase the community’s understanding of organic principles and the practise of organic gardening and farming in New Zealand.
OrganicFarmNZ certification is designed for the small-grower to be low-cost, educative and supportive. The income from the certification process is used to support, educate and encourage more people to adopt organic principles in horticulture and farming.
- Australian Certified Organic
Australian Certified Organic (ACO) is Australia’s largest certifier of organic and biodynamic produce. ACO provides certification services to operators from all sectors of the organic industry. Certification ensures compliance with national production standards and allows trace back of all products to their origin.
It takes three years to become fully certified as an organic farm. There is no conversion period for processors. All producer and processor applications need to go through an application review, onsite inspection and certification review prior to gaining any form of organic status.
- Canada Organic Regime
The Canada Organic Regime is the Canadian government’s response to requests by the organic sector and consumers to develop a regulated system for organic agricultural products. Only products with organic content that is greater than or equal to 95 percent may be labelled as: "organic" or bear the Canada Organic logo.
Multi-ingredient products with 70-95 percent organic content may have the declaration "contains x% organic ingredients," but may not use the Canada Organic logo and/or the claim "organic".
Multi-ingredient products with less than 70 percent organic content may only contain organic claims in the product's ingredient list. These products may not use the Canada Organic logo.
- California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF)
CCOF is a nonprofit organization that advances organic agriculture for a healthy world through organic certification, education, advocacy, and promotion. They envision a world where organic is the norm.
A CCOF certification specialist will review organic products manufacturers’ application to assess whether they are ready to move forward with organic certification CCOF will also conduct inspection. The purpose of the inspection is to verify that what is detailed in the Organic System Plan is happening in practice. All certified operations are inspected a minimum of once per year to ensure the integrity of the organic products manufacturers’ production.
- Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO)
Oregon Tilth is a leading nonprofit certifier, educator and advocate for organic agriculture and products since 1974. Their mission is to make our food system and agriculture biologically sound and socially equitable requires us to find practical ways to tackle big challenges.
All operations seeking organic certification must fill out an application with a detailed Organic System Plan (OSP). After the submission, a trained organic inspector will contact organic products manufacturers to schedule annual inspection visit. The length of inspection visits depend on the complexity and scale of your operation.