Organic food is serious business. 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.
Labels for organic food products are also judged by special regulations. 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.”