The U.S. Department of Agriculture has put in place a set of national standards that food labeled ‘organic’ must meet, whether it is grown in the United States or imported from other countries.
Along with the national organic standards, the USDA has developed strict labeling rules to help consumers know the exact organic content of the food they buy. The USDA Organic seal can only be applied on a product that is either at least 95 percent organic or 100% organic.
We are pleased to offer one of the largest selections of Certified Organic teas in the United States. Our facilities have been duly inspected and certified to meet all the Organic standards.
Most of our teas are 100% Organic. There are a small portion of teas offered in this catalogue that are not organic. Most of them represent either small growers that do not have the necessary capital required to undergo an Organic certification process or those where their country’s national organic standards are still young and in the process of being formulated.
As we have worked with these growers closely and have developed good trust, transperency and relationship, we also feel comfortable in offering their conventional teas.
The Standards – At a Glance
100% Organic—Foods bearing this label are made with 100% organic ingredients and may display the USDA Organic seal.
Organic—These products contain 95–99% organic ingredients (by weight). The remaining ingredients are not available organically but have been approved by the NOP. These products may display the USDA Organic seal.
Made With Organic Ingredients—Food packaging that reads “Made With Organic Ingredients” must contain 70–94% organic ingredients. These products will not bear the USDA Organic seal; instead, they may list up to three ingredients on the front of the packaging.
Other—Products with less than 70% organic ingredients may only list organic ingredients on the information panel of the packaging. These products will not bear the USDA Organic seal.