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Reading Organic Food Labels and Stickers Basics

On the off chance that you think your body has had enough of nourishment chemicals and need to go natural, it’s vital to begin with the extremely fundamental: figuring out how to peruse sustenance names.

Purchasing nourishment isn’t befuddling in itself. Yet, making sense of if the fixings in the nourishment you need to purchase are natural could be entirely hard. Is there a seal or sign you ought to search for? Do you need to know each of the fixings in a nourishment item with a specific end goal to maintain a strategic distance from the awful ones? With a not insignificant rundown of new logical sounding fixings, would you have the capacity to recall that them all? If not, what would it be advisable for you to do?

There are basic courses on the most proficient method to peruse natural sustenance naming. We’ll demonstrate to you how.

Four categories of organic labels

You may experience such a variety of words, for example, “normal,” “immaculate” and different terms that could deceive you into supposing they consequently mean characteristic.

However, that is not the situation.

There are just four terms you have to know: 100 percent characteristic, natural, ensured natural and made with natural.

100 percent organic

Nourishment items named “100 percent natural” are made just from characteristic fixings and are delivered utilizing natural techniques alone. On the off chance that the nourishment is not totally and absolutely normal, producers won’t be approved to utilize this name or any national proportional by confirmation bodies.


Here, makers get a little elbowroom five percent to be correct. Nourishment items named “natural” means contain 95 percent natural fixings (aside from water and salt). The staying five percent might be non-natural. For instance, a characteristic wiener could be secured in a non-natural packaging when there is no common option accessible.

In any case, there is additionally a breaking point to non-natural fixings utilized as a part of sustenance items with this mark: it may not be delivered utilizing sewage slime, light or hereditary building.

Made with organic

In order to be able to use “made with organic” labeling, manufacturers must use at least 70 percent organic ingredients. They are also allowed to display up to three specific ingredients on the front panel. And same with “organic” labeling, non-natural ingredients should not be produced using sewage sludge, irradiation or genetic engineering.

Certified organic

Products with “certified organic” labels mean it has been grown and produced in accordance to the regulations and specific standards set by the European Commission. To determine if manufacturers have complied, the Commission, Member States and various private organic certification bodies conduct periodic scheduled and unscheduled visits. They do soil and water testing and inspection of processing facilities. Once confirmed that manufacturers have complied, they are then allowed to use the label.

Reading produce stickers

Now that the terms on labels have been clarified, let’s move on with produce stickers. Produce stickers hold a lot of information about the product other than the name of the manufacturer. You can tell from the sticker number alone if the produce is natural, non-organic or genetically-modified.

Fruits and vegetables have stickers with four to five digits. A five-digit code that begins with number “9” means the produce has been grown. However, if it begins with an “8,” it means the produce has been modified genetically.

Produce with stickers containing four digits means the produce has been conventionally grown but is not natural. If you want to buy natural produce, read the sticker and look for the one with five digits and begins with number 9. You can usually find the labels on the sign above product displays of fruits, vegetables, meat packages, milk cartons, egg cartons and other food products.

Food stickers must also contain the name of the distributor who last handled the product. It must also indicate the control authority in Europe who checked the distributor/operator.


In their desperation to sell, manufacturers made their products appear healthier than they really are using terms that sounds healthy. But take note that these are just terms that are not backed by certification bodies or any concrete evidence. This is why buying organic products became confusing.

Knowing the basics of how to read natural food labels and produce stickers will help you buy foods that are truly natural and healthy.