7. What does certified Organic Food Labels means?
When you’re shopping for organic foods, look for the “Organic” seal. Only foods that are 95 to 100 percent organic can use the term Organic in labelling.
8. What is 100% Organic?
Foods that are completely organic or made with 100% organic ingredients. May display the organic certification seal.
9. What does Organic food means?
Foods that contain at least 95% organic ingredients. May display the organic seal.
10. What does made with Organic ingredients means?
Foods that contain at least 70% organic ingredients. Will not display the organic certification seal. May list specific organic ingredients on the front of the package.
11. What does contains Organic ingredients means?
Foods that contain less than 70% organic ingredients. Will not display the organic seal or mention “Organic” on the label. May list specific organic ingredients on the information panel of the package.
12. What does Natural label means?
This label means “minimally processed” and that the food can’t have any artificial colours, artificial flavours, preservatives, or any other artificial ingredients in it.
13. What does "Certified Organic" mean?
It means that the grower or processor has its farms produce or factory (processed products) certified organic. The operations are entirely audited to ensure it meets the organic standard sets by the International organic certifying bodies. There will be traceable from source to end user on its products to ensure it stays organic all the way. Only when the operations are audited can it then carry the organic certifying body mark or seal.
14. What Expectations?
It is quite common that people expect organic food to be perfect like conventional food. No flaws and stays the same all the time season to season and batch to batch. And maybe for years!
Due to the nature of organic farming and processing of food products without additives, colouring, food enhancer and stabilizers. Food will be as natural as it can be, so at times, the taste, mouth feel would vary from time to time. Since colouring is not permitted the colour might vary too from batch to batch. At times weevils or insects might happen as the grains and legumes are not treated with chemicals, it is a “ life food” whereby microorganisms not harmful to our health are still alive. It is dormant when stored in a cool, dry place and best when refrigerated. If there is still life in our food it shows that it is not a dead food. Food that has been highly processed, and adulterated are considered dead food as it gives no benefits to our health well being.