USDA NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM


In the United States, organic food products and agricultural crops are regulated by the National Organic Program (NOP), a federal regulation administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This federal regulation governs the marketing of food and agricultural products with an "organic" claim. A USDA Organic seal on a product indicates that it has been independently evaluated to meet the NOP and is made with at least 95% certified organic ingredients.

The NOP also sets forth regulations for crops and agricultural ingredients, such as botanical oils and extracts, to be certified organic. Certification is granted by one of numerous independent certification agencies that are accredited by the USDA. In the ingredient lists on our product labels, we indicate which ingredients in our products have been certified organic under the NOP by one of these independent agencies.

The NOP was not initially intended to be used to certify organic personal care products and does not regulate the unique processes and ingredients used in personal care products. However, a personal care product can still bear a USDA Organic seal if it uses ingredients permitted by the NOP, contains at least 95% organic content and is fully compliant with the NOP regulations. In fact, if a personal care product contains 95-100% organic content, it can not be certified under the NSF/ANSI 305 Standard for Personal Care Products Made With Organic Ingredients and must be certified under NOP in order to make an "organic" labeling claim.

The Avalon Organics® brand has three lip balms that are formulated with 95% organic ingredients and bear the USDA Organic seal on their label. We're proud that our lip balms provide excellent moisturization and make lips feel soft and smooth while also containing 95% organic content and contributing to organic acreage cultivation.