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  1. Dolick, Kirstin N. MS
  2. Pham, Linh D. BA
  3. Mendes Candido de Oliveira, Gabriella BS
  4. Savaiano, Dennis A. PhD


In the United States, organic label claims are regulated by the US Department of Agriculture through a unique and complex 3-tiered categorization. Organic labeling rules were first introduced on a national scale in the 1990s. Over the last 3 decades, the organic market has continued to attract more consumers and manufacturers. Other nations currently regulate 'organic" claims allowing for the international trade of products using only 1 category. The purpose of this article is to describe 3 categories currently used in the United States and to discuss the potential of reforming the current system to provide clarity for consumers and enhance international trade.