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Organic & Eco-Friendly Products and Procedures



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Use environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies and detergents.

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While production of bakery products under organic certification can be an important aspect of sustainable production, even bakeries not producing certified organic products can draw upon principles of organic production to help produce their products in a more environmentally-friendly manner. The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) regulations, found at 7 C.F.R. Part 205, may be helpful in providing guidance regarding sustainable production and handling processes.

Principles of organic production may be most helpful to bakers in the areas of pest management and cleaning of equipment and food contact surfaces. NOP regulations for pest management, described at 7 C.F.R. 205.271, describe non-chemical management practices to prevent pests, reference synthetic substances that could be used in a manner consistent with organic practices, and describe how food products may be segregated from other synthetic substances that may need to be used. For example, those regulations list phosphoric acid as a cleaner for equipment and food contact surfaces that could be used in organic production. (See 7 C.F.R. 205.605.) Additional cleaning products have come on the market labeled as organic, which also may be appropriate for use in bakeries.

Environmentally-friendly or “eco-friendly” products and processes other than organic products or those permitted for use in organic production could also be used, where appropriate.
Click for more information about the USDA Organic program

As always, be mindful of Federal Trade Commission guidelines applicable to “environmental friendly” and similar marketing claims, in addition to the USDA Organic program rules. Click for more information about the FTC Green Guides.

Click to read ABA’s webpage about green marketing claims.