What packaging options do I have for my organic product(s)?
In general, you have a lot of options — and some clear restrictions — for packaging and labeling your organic product. Here are a few key things to keep in mind:
- Packaging materials must not contain synthetic fungicides, preservatives, or fumigants
- Reused packaging must be sanitized and prevent contamination/residues
- Biodegradable packaging (e.g., Polylactic Acid or PLA) that is produced with corn starch, must be accompanied by a statement confirming it contains no GMO materials
What do I need to know about recordkeeping for packaging?
If you are receiving, packaging, and shipping products, you’ll need a plan in place to make sure the organic product you received is the same one that was packed, labeled and shipped as organic. This is often referred to as “product in, product out.” Your records will need to enable full traceability of each product and its ingredients.