New Organic National Standard Adopted

Because spas and spa suppliers are becoming more and more concerned with determining true organic products, it is important to know that a new "Made with Organic Personal Care Products" label has been adoped as an American National Standard.

NSF International, an independent, nonprofit organization, that certifies products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods, today announced that NSF/ANSI 305: Made with Organic Personal Care Products was adopted as an American National Standard. NSF/ANSI 305 is an American National Standard that allows labeling and marketing requirements for made with organic personal care products.

NSF/ANSI 305 is also a consensus-based standard for made with organic personal care products, which means it was developed based on balanced participation from key stakeholder groups, including organic personal care manufacturers, trade associations, regulators, organic program administrators, organic product retailers, and other stakeholders from the organic products community. The new standard allows “made with organic” claims for products with organic content of 70% (O70) or more that comply with all other requirements of the standard. Products covered by the standard include rinse-off and leave-on personal care and cosmetic products, as well as oral care and personal hygiene products.

According to the Natural Foods Merchandiser’s Market Overview 2007 study, organic personal care is one of the fastest growing sectors in natural products store sales, seeing a 21.1 percent growth and estimated to be a $537 million category.

This standard establishes materials, processes, production criteria and conditions specifically for "made with organic" personal care products. The NSF 305 personal care logo will identify personal care products that have achieved certification to the standard.

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