Organic food differs from conventional food because organic crops are produced by farmers who emphasize sustainable farming methods, use renewable resources and promote soil and water conservation. Organic foods are produced without synthetic ingredients, including chemical pesticides or fertilizers. In 2002, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed national standards for organic food production and handling — a food can’t be labeled “organic” without meeting these requirements. A government-approved third-party certifier must inspect the farm where the food is grown to ensure the USDA National Organic Standards are being adequately followed.
The Organic Food Label
The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Standards help educate consumers as to what “organic” really means. Consumers choose organic foods by looking for specific wording on food labels, and products that contain high levels of organic ingredients, including Rudi’s Rocky Mountain Bakery breads, are allowed to carry a special USDA organic seal on their labels.
Products contain only organic ingredients. A label reading “100 percent organic” and the USDA organic seal can appear on the primary display panel. These products include mostly “whole foods,” such as unprocessed fruits and vegetables.
Products are at least 95 percent organic,
excluding water or salt. An “organic” label and USDA organic seal can appear on the package. The 5 percent of the product that is not organic must be comprised of materials that are not commercially available as organic, or they can be nonagricultural materials that appear on the USDA’s “National List” of approved materials.
Made with Organic Ingredients
Products must contain 70-95 percent organic ingredients, excluding water and salt. Up to three of the organic ingredients may be listed on the front of the package. A label stating, “Made with organic ingredients” can appear on the primary display panel. The USDA organic seal cannot be used on these products.
Our breads come packed with gluten-free goodness. We use only the highest quality, wholesome, gluten free ingredients. Our gluten free products feature recognizable ingredients, like sunflower seeds, millet, fiber and flax, as well as soft texture and the delicious taste you expect. And, since our products are certified gluten-free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization, you know they are safe. We hope we will give families that suffer from celiac disease and gluten intolerances a healthy, brighter outlook by letting them truly enjoy bread again.