Labeling farm products for retail

In general, you can use — following all guidelines — the USDA organic seal and the seal of the certifying agent on your certified organic product’s label.

However, the certifier seal may not be larger than the USDA organic seal. The label may include verifiable organic claims (e.g., the percentage of organic content).

What do I need to do for packaged, labeled organic products for retail sale?

The label must identify the organic certifier in the information panel, right below the information identifying the farm, manufacturer or distributor. Phrasing should be, “Certified organic by Oregon Tilth” or something similar.

If the packaged product has more than one ingredient, an ingredient statement is required with each organic ingredient identified as organic for the consumer.

What do I need to do for unpackaged organic products for retail sale?

Unpackaged organic products on display — such as produce at a farmers’ market — are not required to display any information. You can display organic claims and use the USDA organic seal and/or the certifier seal by obtaining our approval.

Does Oregon Tilth have a labeling guide?

Yes. Check out our Organic Labeling and Composition Guide for a breakdown of different organic claims and label design requirements.

Does Oregon Tilth review other labels with federal requirements?

No. We do not review labels for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or other agencies with labeling requirements.

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