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Frequently asked questions from the USDA Website:

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Is organic food better for me and my family?USDA makes no claims that organically produced food is safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food. Organic food differs from conventionally produced food in the way it is grown, handled and processed.When I go to the supermarket, how can I tell organically produced food from conventionally produced food?You must look at package labels and watch for signs in the supermarket. Along with the national organic standards, USDA developed strict labeling rules to help consumers know the exact organic content of the food they buy. The USDA Organic seal also tells you that a product is at least 95 percent organic.Single-ingredient foodsLook for the word &quotorganic&quot and a small sticker version of the USDA Organic seal on vegetables or pieces of fruit. Or they may appear on the sign above the organic produce display. The word &quotorganic&quot and the seal may also appear on packages of meat, cartons of milk or eggs, cheese, and other single-ingredient foods.Will I find the USDA Organic seal on all 100 percent organic products, or products with at least 95 percent organic ingredients?No. The use of the seal is voluntary.How is use of the USDA Organic seal protected?People who sell or label a product &quotorganic&quot when they know it does not meet USDA standards can be fined up to $10,000 for each violation.Does natural mean organic?No. Natural and organic are not interchangeable. Other truthful claims, such as free-range, hormone-free, and natural, can still appear on food labels. However, don’t confuse these terms with &quotorganic.&quot Only food labeled &quotorganic&quot has been certified as meeting USDA organic standards.

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