Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Organic Food Labeling Overview and Update

March 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Kyle Hulten

Twenty-nine years ago, Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990. The OFPA authorized the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service to create a National Organic Program.

Fast forward almost three decades, and total, annual U.S. organic product sales have reached nearly $50 billion. And it doesn’t appear that the market for organic products has reached its apex, as the average annual growth this decade for U.S. organic food sales has been about 10 percent.

What does it mean if food has the USDA organic seal?

Companies using the USDA organic label must comply with the organic standards in the OFPA, USDA organic regulations,...

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