USDA Organic Certified Products
The USDA Organic standard is of the highest standard and most recognised organic regulation in the world!
USDA Organic Certification
USDA's National Organic Program regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell an agricultural product as organically produced.
Organic Certification & Accreditation
Scope of USDA Organic
Currently, approximately 30,000 organic farms and processing facilities around the world are certified to the USDA organic standards. Their certification is managed by approximately 100 certifying agents located throughout the United States and around the world.
Certification allows a farm or processing facility to sell, label, and represent their products as organic. Any organic operation in violation of the USDA organic regulations is subject to enforcement actions, which can include financial penalties or suspension/revocation of their organic certificate.
Which products carry the USDA Certified Organic seal?
Products that carry the USDA Certified Organic seal are:
Based on 100% organically-grown and organically-produced ingredients
Or contain a minimum of 95% organically-grown and organically-produced ingredients. Any remaining ingredients must be approved on the National Organic Product list.
We are proud to note that all products in Certified Organic line carry the USDA certified organic seal.
Which products carry the Certified Bulgarian Rose Valley Product seal?
Products that carry the Certified Bulgarian Rose Valley Product seal meet a list of strictly-enforced requirements. These products:
Are approved by a designated laboratory.
Consist of at least 95% organically-grown ingredients.
Do not contain any synthetic chemicals.
Have to be grown or produced as well as sealed on the geographic territory of the Bulgarian Rose Valley.
Are made by socially responsible companies who predominantly employ minorities from the region or employees from economically-challenged families.
The Bulgarian Rose Valley is among the most suitable places for growing, gathering, and distilling the finest quality aromatic plants and herbs. This is because of the Valley soil structure, air humidity, and precipitation. Surrounded by two mountain ranges, the Balkan Mountain and Sredna Gora, the Rose Valley is proclaimed as one of the cleanest and most important agricultural Eco-regions in European Union.
What is certified organic agriculture?
Organic agriculture is a farming method based on generally accepted organic principles. It does not allow the use of toxic and persistent fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, plant-growth regulators, sewer sludge and genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). By using this eco-friendly agricultural method, there is little negative impact on soil life, depletion of nonrenewable resources and air and water quality.
What does “USDA Certified Organic” mean?
The organic certification process creates a system that unifies the requirements and regulations for all organic producers. For an item/ingredient to be certified organic, it has to be grown according to strictly-enforced unified rules. Certification includes inspections of farm fields, processing and manufacturing facilities, detailed record keeping, and periodic testing of soil, water and raw materials to ensure that all standards and regulations have been met.
When buying a product with the USDA certified organic seal, you can have confidence that the product ingredients have been inspected and meet strict and consistent organic standards.
Why choose USDA Certified Organic products?
Human body responses better to organic ingredients and products that are natural. It has been proven that organic ingredients have superior nutritional values as compared to conventional ingredients (reference Houston Organic Conference 2007). More and more research studies suggest that we need to avoid all synthetic chemicals and ingredients produced with heavy use of fertilizers and pesticides because what we use on our skin eventually goes into our bodies. There is a growing concern about the harmful effects of pesticide residues in our bodies.
In today’s “green” oriented marketplace the terms “natural” and “organic” are used widely and in most cases, incorrectly. Most conventional personal care products, labeled as “natural” or ”organic” are based on ingredients containing synthetic chemicals, toxic pesticides and other artificial residues that eventually make their way through our bodies. Such products have weak healing and restoring properties and might even be harmful to our health.
That is why USDA created a strict standard that draws a rigid line between presumably organic and certified organic products. All certified organic products carry the USDA Organic seal.
Why USDA Certified Organic products cost more?
Organic producers, as compared to general mass-production growers face more challenges and restrictions and thus incur higher costs associated with maintaining and growing crops organically.
Organic farms, usually being much smaller than conventional farms, do not benefit from economies of scale gained by conventional growers.
The price of standard products does not reflect the added costs of environmental cleanups and maintenance of surroundings which are passed on to the consumer to pay indirectly through various related taxes. These negative impacts to our environment and costs are avoided in the long term with organic farming and product manufacture.
Our products are certified by the Bulgarian Government Laboratory at the Research Institute for Roses, Aromatic, and Medicinal Plants in Kazanlak; one of world's leading research and certification institutions.
Orders of organic products are delivered with a Certificate of Analysis and Quality (in English) for their corresponding harvest year and production batch.
The organic standards highlight the specific requirements that must be met and verified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent prior to being labelled USDA organic. In essence, organic operations must demonstrate their role in protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances. For more information visit: www.usda.gov.