Recycled

Product or packaging contains either pre-consumer waste or post-consumer waste.

Biodegradable

Breaks down and returns to a natural state in a reasonable amount of time.
Whole Grain Council Stamp
The Whole Grain Stamps feature a stylized sheaf of grain on a golden-yellow background with a bold black border. There are two different varieties of Stamps, the Basic Stamp and the 100% Stamp. The percentage of whole grains in the product determines whether the item is stamped with a 100% stamp (all grains are whole grains) or a basic stamp (contains at least eight grams — a half serving — of whole grains). Put on Pack by Whole Grains Council.

Whole Grains Council

Non-GMO Project
Non-profit organization developed seal that means a product has been produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance. The Non-GMO Project is the only organization offering independent verification of testing and GMO controls for products in the U.S. and Canada. Buying products with this seal supports the sustained availability of non-GMO choices in North America. They are committed not only to verifying and labeling products, but also to supporting and coordinating efforts between seed breeders, farmers, processors and manufacturers.
Heart Check Symbol
This symbol is found on packaging that supports the American Heart Association’s science and recommendations. Foods endorsed with this check have been screened and verified to meet the American Heart Association’s certification criteria to be low in saturated fat and cholesterol for healthy people over age two.
Smart Spot Symbol
Developed by PepsiCo, this symbol of smart choices made easy was designed as a quick way for consumers to be sure that their choices in the grocery store are contributing to a healthier lifestyle. Every Smart Spot product meets nutrition criteria based on authoritative statements of the FDA and the National Academy of Sciences.
Sensible Solutions Symbol
Developed by Kraft Foods, the Sensible Solution flag was developed to assist consumers in choosing healthier choices among food and beverage products. To be labeled as a Sensible Solution, a food must meet criteria derived from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, as well as authoritative statements from the FDA, National Academy of Sciences and other public health authorities. All Sensible Solution products contain limited amounts of calories, fat (including saturated and trans fat), sodium and sugar. Various Sensible Solution products meet specifications for “reduced,” “low” or “free” in calories, fat, sodium or sugar and some products are fortified with micronutrients or deliver a functional benefit such as heart health.
Eat Smart, Drink Smart
This Unilever logo is found on the labeling of foods and drinks that meet healthy eating criteria are based on US Dietary Guidelines. The Eat Smart, Drink Smart program was developed as part of the International Choices Foundation, a world-wide initiative with a goal of making the healthier choice the easy choice. This simple front-of-pack logo is placed on food products that have passed an evaluation against a set of qualifying criteria based on international dietary guidelines.
NuVal System
The NuVal System is a food scoring system that helps consumers see at a glance the nutritional value of the food they buy. The NuVal System scores food on a scale of 1 to 100. The higher the score, the healthier the choice. This system summarizes the overall nutritional value of food and uses the Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intakes and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to quantify the presence of more than 30 nutrients including vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants; sugar, salt, trans fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. The system also incorporates measures for the quality of protein, fat and carbohydrates, as well as calories and omega-3 fats.
Smart Choices
Note: The Smart Choices program has “voluntarily postponed active operations.” The Smart Choices program was launched by a group of scientists, academicians, health and research organizations, food and beverage manufacturers and retailers to reduce the amount of independent, varying nutrition symbols currently seen on the packages of food. The program’s goal was for Smart Choices to be the most widely used front-of-pack labeling program in the US and assist people in making positive dietary changes. Products that qualified for the Smart Choices Program symbol would also display information on the front of the package, clearly stating calories per serving and number of servings per container. The goal was to help people stay within their daily calorie needs and make it easier for calorie comparisons within and across product categories.
GF Logo
The GF logo stands for the independent verification of quality, integrity, and purity of products. Products carrying the GF logo represents unmatched reliability and for meeting strict gluten-free standards. Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO) is the only gluten-free certification program in the world.
Vegan Certification
The Logo is easily visible to consumers interested in vegan products and helps vegans to shop without constantly consulting ingredient lists; it helps companies recognize a growing vegan market; and it helps bring the word “vegan”—and the lifestyle it represents—into the mainstream. (Please keep in mind, however, that the logo is not yet on every vegan product.)
OK Kosher Certification
The OK Kosher Certification (the OK), which was founded in 1935 under the leadership of kosher food pioneer Rabbi Berel Levy, has become one of the world’s most respected symbols of kosher approval. Today Rabbi Don Yoel Levy successfully guides the OK’s development in an era of technological advances and soaring demand for kosher food worldwide. The OK has become a leader in cutting edge kosher technology, and it has expanded its operations to six continents. The OK provides certification for food giants and products such as IFF, Kraft, ConAgra and Tropicana. Supported by more than 350 kosher experts, the OK certifies more than 300,000 products, produced by over 1,500 companies.
OU Kosher Certification
In interpreting ancient dietary laws and adapting them to modern technology, different rabbis have different views about what exactly passes as kosher. The OU symbol, belonging to the Orthodox Union, is one of the strictest kosher standards on the market today. The OU has been certifying kosher products for over 80 years. Their first kosher certification went to Heinz. In 1923 Heinz Vegetarian Beans became the first American product to display the OU kosher symbol. In addition, the OU is the world’s largest kosher certifying agency. Some of the famous companies that carry the OU symbol include Coca-Cola, General Mills, Heinz, Kraft Foods, Nabisco Biscuit Co., Pillsbury, Procter & Gamble, and Veryfine Products. The OU certifies over 2300 companies with 4500 plants in 70 countries with a total of over 300,000 labels.
cRc Kosher Certification
cRc stands for Chicago Rabbinical Council, the largest regional, not-for-profit, Orthodox organization in North America. Since its humble beginnings in the 1930’s, the cRc has developed into a universally accepted agency with a respected kosher certification symbol. The cRc’s Kosher Division works with close to 800 food companies, producing tens of thousands of products across North and South America, Europe and Asia. cRc has gained a reputation for exacting standards, professionalism, personal attention, reasonable pricing and rapid response time. Over 50 years ago, Jays Potato Chips was one of the first companies certified kosher by the cRc.
KOF-K Kosher Certification
The KOF-K symbol is the internationally recognized trademark of KOF-K Kosher Supervision, one of the foremost kosher certification agencies in the United States. Serving the kosher consumer for almost 40 years, KOF-K was the first agency to introduce computer technology to the complexities of kosher supervision. Computer technology has placed the KOF-K at the cutting edge of kosher supervision today. Kof-K has earned a reputation for being efficiently organized, professionally staffed and technologically advanced.
Triangle-K Kosher Certification
Triangle-K certification is awarded by a consortium of Orthodox Jewish rabbis who desire to see as wide a range of food products as possible made available to kosher consumers worldwide. To this end, Triangle-K and Associates works side by side on an individual basis with each of their clients to create reasonable and cost effective certification and supervision programs. Examples of Triangle-K certified products are Hebrew National, Valley Fig, Sunmaid, Sunsweet, Diamond Walnut, Hazelnut Growers, Minute Maid Juices, Yoo-Hoo, Sunny Delight, Wonder Bread, Del Monte Fruits and Vegetables, Frito-Lay Corn Chips and Potato Chips, Mogen-David Wine, Bird’s Eye Vegetables and Fruits, Ocean Spray Cranberry Drinks, Jellies and Sauces, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s, and Kraft Puddings.
Star-K Kosher Certification
Star-K, the symbol of the Baltimore-based Star-K Kosher Certification Agency, provides kosher supervision globally. The newest Star-K office opened in Mumbai, India. Star-K’s Web site offers helpful information to kosher consumers worldwide. Of the several hundred kosher agencies in the world, Star-K is the only one that certifies technology. For example, it was Star-K that certified the new kosher consumer-friendly Connect Io™ Refrigerated, Internet-Controlled Electric Double Wall Oven, which includes separate Sabbath and Holiday programmable modes. STAR-K is known as a leader in integrating complex food technology with kosher laws. The Star-K kosher symbol is regarded as being in the top tier of strictness and quality.
Additional Kosher Symbols on LabelsIs it meat, dairy or pareve?
Often there are letters or words printed next to the kosher certification symbol on food packages. These are added to inform the consumer of the product’s kosher category. Kosher categories are Meat (Fleishig in Yiddish, Basari in Hebrew), Dairy (Milchig in Yiddish, Chalavi in Hebrew) or neither meat or dairy (Pareve in Yiddish, Parve in Hebrew). According to Jewish Dietary Laws, meat and dairy food must be prepared and consumed separately, and pareve food can be eaten with either meat or dairy dishes.

  • Meat: “Meat”, “M” or “Glatt” printed near the kosher symbol on the food package indicates the product is kosher and contains some meat or meat derivative.
  • Dairy: “Dairy” or “D” printed near the kosher symbol on the food package indicates the product is kosher and contains some milk or milk derivative.
  • Fish: “F” printed near the kosher symbol on the food package indicates the product is kosher and contains fish ingredients.
  • Pareve: “Pareve”, “Parev”, or “Parve” printed near the kosher symbol on the food package indicates the item is neither meat or dairy.
  • Passover: “P” printed near the kosher symbol on the food package does not stand for pareve, but instead it means the product is kosher for Passover and all year round.
  • D-P means dairy and kosher for Passover and all year round.
  • M-P or Glatt-P means meat and kosher for Passover and all year round.
  • F-P means fish and kosher for Passover and all year round.
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