What do the terms: ‘Natural’ and ‘Organic’ mean on labels?
From a regulatory standpoint, there is no legal definition of the term “natural”. Conventionally, however, “natural” implies that a product contains no artificial ingredients and is only minimally processed. In other words, the product was not fundamentally altered through processing. The FDA requires that products labeled as “natural” must include a statement explaining the meaning of the term; for example, “no artificial ingredients.” The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates the use of the term “organic” in food products. Under the National Organic Program, the USDA defines organic food as food that is produced without the use of conventional pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, bioengineering or ionizing radiation. Animals reared for the production of organic foods (meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products) also receive no antibiotics or growth hormones.