Labeling (farm)

#Labeling for retail (NOP)

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

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OTCO does not review labels for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or other agencies with labeling requirements.

Packaged and labeled organic products for retail sale
You 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.

Unpackaged certified organic products for retail
Unpackaged organic products on display — e.g., produce at a farmers’ market — are not required to display any specific information. You can choose to display organic claims and use the USDA organic seal and/or the certifier seal by following labeling guidelines and obtaining OTCO approval.

For additional help, check out the USDA’s Retail and Wholesale Labeling for Farms for examples of labels and additional info.

#Labeling for wholesale (NOP)

You must label non-retail containers (e.g., “master cases” (box or container) of wholesale packaged products, etc.) specifically for shipping/storage of any raw/processed agricultural products that are represented as “100 percent organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic (ingredients or food groups).” For additional help, check out the USDA’s Retail and Wholesale Labeling for Farms for examples of labels and additional info.

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Non-retail containers are commonly used to store or ship large quantities of packaged or bulk products for storage, or to another handler or retailer. They are not visible to consumers in a retail setting.

Only the production lot number is required on labels (if applicable). However, an organic handler may choose to display organic labeling information on the outside of a non-retail container. It may help promote handling in accordance with organic practices. You may include:

  • USDA organic seal
  • Certifier seal, name, and contact info
  • Special handling instructions (e.g., organic requirements)

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Remember that any harvest bin or storage information must match up with your own records for inspections and traceback audits.

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