product ingredients and additives

I have a restaurant and I buy a lot of certified organic ingredients. Can my menu identify these items as organic without being certified?

Yes, restaurants are considered retail food establishments and are excluded from certification, but can identify products on their menus as organic without certification. Restaurants must prevent commingling or contamination of organic product/ingredients with prohibited materials, such as sanitizers, pest control materials, and non-organic ingredients. Additionally, restaurants need to comply with applicable labeling requirements by clearly indicating the organic or non-organic items on their menu and in any consumer information.

If I just want to identify the organic ingredients in my ingredient statement, does the product have to be certified?

No, products that restrict organic claims to the ingredient listing only are exempt from the requirements of certification. However, the manufacturer needs to maintain documentation that the organic ingredients identified are organic and certified according to the regulations. Manufacturers should request and maintain on file current copies of organic certificates for each organic ingredient. Although not required, manufacturers can choose to have products that restrict organic to the ingredient listing certified by CCOF.