Certified organic, when used in the United States in relationship to agricultural products, means that the product has been certified to meet specific standards and regulations set by the National Organic Program (NOP).
In the United States a true certified organic product is certified by an accredited certifying agent and is allowed to wear the USDA Organic Seal.
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Also Known As: Organic, USDA certified organic. Note - while a certified organic product may be called "organic" that doesn't mean that all products called organic are really certified organic. Unless a product meets NOP standards it's not truly certified organic.
A farmer may go through organic certification and then is allowed to say he sells certified organic products.