Credentials and/or Seals - Organic and/or Pesticide Free: Part One
Seven different organic and/or pesticide-free credentials were located in the United States, along with their application procedures and respective seals. Each of these credentials was associated with either a baby or pet product.
- The USDA, regulated by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), offers the seal of "100%" Organic.
- To get a USDA Organic seal for crops and livestock, a product needs to meet three standards: the production did not use excluded practices, such as genetic modification, radiation, or sewage sludge; production did not involve certain prohibited substances; and, production is monitored by a "USDA National Organic Program-authorized certifying agent."
Products with 100% Organic USDA Credential
- Kaizedo baby shampoo and wash has a 100% Organic credential.
- Lily's Kitchen canned dog food is 100% Organic.
- "Organic," also offered by the USDA, designates the product has 95% organic ingredients. The 5%, or less, ingredients that are non-organic agricultural products should not be commercially available as organic, that is, these ingredients do not exist in organic form. The product must also identify organic ingredients with some kind of mark, such as an asterix.
- Same as the "100% Organic" credentialing, to get the "Organic" credential, the company needs to meet the three standards enumerated above.
Products with "Organic" USDA Credential
- Tender and True pet food has the Organic (95% Organic ingredients) credential.
- Gerber has a line of Organic Baby food with the Organic (95% Organic ingredients) credential.
SCS Global Certified Organic
- SCS Global is a third-party credentialing body, accredited under the USDA. It offers a certified organic seal--all of SCS Global seals feature the Kingfisher.
- SCS Organic Certification follows the USDA organic labeling guidelines. It also stresses that its products are non-GMO and pesticide free.
- The certification process information is here.
Products with SCS Organic Certification
- Jelly Belly has this organic certification.
SCS Global Pesticide Residue Free Certification
- SCS Pesticide Residue Free Certification ensures agricultural products have met the FDA guidelines, which detects "five major classes of pesticides . . . including Organophosphates, Organonitrogens, Organochlorines, Pyrethroids, and Carbamates."
- The application for this credential is here.
Products with SCS Pesticide Residue Free Certification
- Del Fresco strawberries from Ontario, Canada has this certification.
California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Organic Certification
- To get a CCOF Organic Certification the "organic land must be free of prohibited fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides for at least three years." They follow the USDA certification process. The seal is here.
- The application for certification is here.
Products with the CCOF Organic Certification
- Nurture, Inc. which makes baby food has the CCOF certification.
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Certified Organic
- The MOFGA Certified Organic process follows the USDA guidelines. The MOFGA seal an application for certification is here.
- Products that are MOFGA Certified Organic
- The Jojoba Company, including its Jojoba Baby products, is MOFGA certified.
Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA)
OCIA Organic Certification
- The OCIA Organic Certification process has an extensive manual, but like the other certifications above, follows the USDA guidelines. The OCIA seal is here.
- The application for this certification is here.
OCIA Organic Products
- Boody, which manufactures baby clothing, has OCIA Organic Certification for its Bamboo yarn.
The research team first searched for organic certification bodies in the United States. We located the guidelines for the USDA organic labeling. This also helped us identify sources featuring third-party organic and pesticide free credentialing agencies in the United States.
For each credential that we located, we searched for either baby or pet products with the credential that we located.