The word 'organic' its use is protected by USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) standards.
The standards assure consumers that products labeled and called organic meet consistent, uniform standards. It is not a seal of quality nor does it imply or assure food safety.
The term 'organic' can only be used on products that meet the NOP's guidelines and are:
- Registered: in California, registration is required for all entities that raise, grow, make, store, transport and sell organic products.
- Certificated: If gross sales of organic product exceeds $5,000 or if the business wants to use the USDA Organic logo, they must obtain organic certification.
Organic Certification Cost Share by USDA Farm Service Agency to help with the cost of becoming certified organic. This program is not always available. Apply through organic certifier and/or local FSA office.