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By now we hope you have a working knowledge of “Certified 100% Organic”, “Organic”, and “Made With Organic” (but you should feel free to go back to any of the previous grades for a refresher course)! Let’s move on to a more difficult level befitting your high school intelligence! Today's lesson is "Contains Organic Ingredients", the legal claim for products that are NSF/ANSI 305 certified
There are different organic standards for food and for personal care products (lotions, soaps and shampoos). The National Organic Program (NOP) is the USDA’s standard for certifying food products. Personal care products MAY be certified to the NOP standard so long as they comply with the food requirements. However because some of the chemical processes used for personal care products are not allowed for food, an equivalent standard called the NSF/ANSI 305 Standard was created.
The NSF/ANSI 305 Personal Care Products “Containing Organic Ingredients” logo identifies certified personal care products with organic content of 70 percent or more. If a product can prove it contains 70% organic ingredients or more and the remaining raw materials are on the approved list, it can be certified to the NSF/ANSI 305 standard.
Here’s an easy way to understand why it is necessary to have a separate standard for personal care products. Both mayonnaise and lotion are an emulsified blend of oil and water. They both need an emulsifier to keep the oil and water from separating. For food, NOP accepted emulsifiers include things like eggs and lecithin. However, neither of these raw materials is acceptable to emulsify a lotion that will not be refrigerated. The NSF/ANSI 305 organic standard allows for the use of certain raw materials to emulsify oil and water in the manufacturing of organic lotion.
The new NSF/ANSI 305 Contains Organic Ingredients personal care products standard seeks to simplify the process and remove consumer confusion by certifying that a company can prove a product has a minimum organic content of 70 percent or more and complies with all NSF/ANSI 305 requirements. No more throwing in a some organic lavender and claiming a lotion "contains organic ingredients.” The NSF/ANSI 305 standard, like the USDA/NOP standard, requires that companies document how their manufacturing process and handling of all organic raw materials protects their organic integrity. This means that pest management, sanitation procedures and chemicals, and manufacturing processes are all scrutinized.
The NSF/ANSI 305 Standard, just like the USDA NOP certification, requires strict labeling standards. (see fig. 1). The NFS symbol can be on the front of the label, and the claim “Contains Organic Ingredients” can be on the label and the description. There must also be an independent third party certifier listed (in this case, QAI).
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Q. What is the legal claim for products certified to the NSF/ANSI 305 organic standard?
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