"Certified Organic" means that a qualified organization certifies that no man-made pesticides, herbicides, genetically modified organisms or fertilizers were used in producing the beef or the feed for the beef. Some producers may follow organic or near-organic practices but not be formally certified.
PROPOSED USDA GUIDELINES
As reported by MeatingPlace, the USDA on January 13, 2011, proposed new guidelines for use of the terms "100% organic" and "made with organic ingredients". The MeatingPlace blog explains some of the details of the proposed guidelines. The formal notice is available here. Comments may be submitted online (click here) through March 14, 2011.
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