Understanding label claims is a critical part of making informed choices in the grocery store.

In addition to the strict production and processing standards it requires for organic products, the National Organic Program (NOP) also provides clear guidance on organic labeling. The NOP has identified four categories for labeling based on the percentage of organic content in the product. When shopping organic, it’s important to understand the differences between these categories.

Products that are certified organic at any level must state the name of their certifying agent and identify the organic ingredients they contain on their information panel.