Organic Food Label Regulations and Labeling Requirements

The line between what food is considered organic vs. nonorganic can be a tricky one. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (USDA) has a strict set of standards for ingredients to qualify as organic, but the regulations don’t stop with the product.

Organic food labels are also judged by special regulations before they can wear the USDA organic seal. While general food and beverage labels must comply with the laws set by the USDA, any label with the term “organic” must also comply with the standards and regulations of the National Organic Program (NOP). NOP, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), sets some clear standards for which products can use the term “organic.”