If you would like to increase the likelihood that you are consuming genuine organic products, it is important to look at labels in the packaging before purchasing such products.  The United States federal legislation defines three levels of organic foods.  (1) Products made entirely with certified organic ingredients and methods may be labeled “100% organic.”  (2) Product with at least 95% organic ingredients may be labeled “organic” only.  Both of these categories may also display the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Organic Seal, which is a circle with “USDA” in green on a white background, and “Organic” written below in white on a green background.  (3) Products that contain a minimum of 70% organic ingredients may be labeled “made with organic ingredients,” but may not display the USDA Organic seal.  Products made with less than 70% organic ingredients cannot be advertised as “organic,” but can list individual ingredients that are organic as such in the product’s ingredient statement.  Products may also display the logo of the certification body that approved them.  As for livestock products, such as meat and eggs, there are other voluntary labels.  For example, “free-range” indicates that the flock was provided shelter in a building, room, or area with unlimited access to food, fresh water, and continuous access to the outdoors during their production cycle. The outdoor area may or may not be fenced and/or covered with netting-like material.  “Cage-free” indicates that the flock was able to freely roam a building, room, or enclosed area with unlimited access to food and fresh water during their production cycle.  “Natural” indicates that that the meat, poultry, and egg products are minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients. However, the natural label does not include any standards regarding farm practices and only applies to processing of meat and egg products. There are no standards or regulations for the labeling of natural food products if they do not contain meat or eggs.  “Grass-fed” animals receive a majority of their nutrients from grass throughout their life, while organic animals’ pasture diet may be supplemented with grain.  Take note that the grass-fed label does not limit the use of antibiotics, hormones, or pesticides. Meat products may be labeled as grass-fed organic.  If you are not already doing so, next time you go shopping for organic products, look out for the USDA Organic Seal to increase the chance that you are actually buying and eating genuine organic products as growers and manufacturers of organic products bearing the USDA seal have to meet the strictest standards of any of the currently available organic labels.