Whole Foods Setting Standards for Organic Skin Care

Reading labels while grocery shopping is hard enough when you're in a rush -- but at least with food items you can look for the USDA Organic seal. With skin care, this isn't the case, so Whole Foods Market is stepping up to the plate and requiring skin care manufacturers making organic claims to back it up with third-party certification by June 2011.

Joe Dickson, the quality standards coordinator at Whole Foods Market says:

Going forward, beauty products that claim to be organic, must meet the following standards:

1. Products making an "Organic" product claim - Must be certified to the USDA’s National Organic Program standard for organic (>95%) products.

2. Products making a "Made with Organic ________" claim - Must be certified to the USDA’s National Organic Program standard for Made with Organic (>70%) products.

3. Products making a "Contains Organic _______" claim - Must be certified to the NSF/ANSI 305 Organic Personal Care Standard.

4. Products listing an organic ingredient in the "Ingredients:" listing - Organic ingredient must be certified to the USDA NOP standard.

Joshua Onysko, founder of the popular organic skin care line, Pangea Organics, talked to MindBodyGreen exclusively about the initiative, saying:

For more on the guidelines check out the Whole Foods Market blog here and for more on Pangea Organics check out PangeaOrganics.com

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