The organic standards describe the specific requirements that must be verified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent before products can be labeled USDA organic. Overall, organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances. More info at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/grades-standards/organic-standards.
USDA GAP (Good Agricultural Practices)
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) are voluntary audits that verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. GAP audits verify adherence to the recommendations made in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and industry recognized food safety practices. More info at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/auditing/gap-ghp.
AWA (Animal Welfare Approved)
Requires animals to be raised on pasture or range incorporating the most comprehensive standards for high welfare farming. Prohibits dual production. Certification is awarded only to family farmers. More info at: https://animalwelfareapproved.us/standards/.
Certified Naturally Grown (CNG)
Certified Naturally Grown offers peer-review certification to farmers and beekeepers producing food for their local communities by working in harmony with nature, without relying on synthetic chemicals or GMOs. More info at: https://www.cngfarming.org/requirements.
Fair Trade USA enables sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, fishermen, consumers, industry, and the earth. We achieve our mission by certifying and promoting Fair Trade products. More info at: https://www.fairtradecertified.org/.
The project’s Product Verification Program assesses ingredients, products, and manufacturing facilities to establish compliance with the standard. All ingredients with major risk must be tested for compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard prior to their use in a Non-GMO Project Verified Product.The process is managed through a web-based application and evaluation program developed for the project. The project’s label indicates compliance with the standards. More info at: https://www.nongmoproject.org/.