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There are currently three categories:

100% Organic:
All ingredients must be certified 100% organic. Under this classification, there can be no non-organic ingredients in the product and all multi-ingredient ingredients must be certified at the 100% claim. All processing aids must at least be organic (95%), therefore, FEMA GRAS approved ingredients must also be certified 100% organic.

95% Organic:
At least 95% of the ingredients must be organic and the remaining ingredients must be on the NOP’s National List, 205.605 and 205.606. Any FEMA GRAS approved ingredients must either be organically certified, listed on the National List, or be classified as a natural flavor that meets the NOPs requirements.

70% Organic:
At least 70% of the ingredients must be organic and the remaining ingredients must be on the NOPs National List, 205.605, or must be approved agricultural ingredients. Any FEMA GRAS approved ingredients must either be listed on the National List, 205.605, be classified as a natural flavor that meets the NOPs requirements, be organically certified, or be “agricultural” and produced without GMOs, irradiation or sewage sludge.

Organic Definitions

These definitions are from 9 CFR 205.2:

“Organic" A labeling term that refers to an agricultural product produced in accordance with the Act and the regulations in this part.

"Organic matter" The remains, residues, or waste products of any organism.

"Organic production" A production system that is managed in accordance with the Act and regulations in this part to respond to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.”

“The Act” In this case refers to the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, as amended.

Organic Fragrances

Premier will use the definitions outlined above, unless requested and specified to the contrary by a manufacturer (customer).

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Natural Flavors

The FDA definition appears at 21 US Code of Federal Regulations § 101.22 (a) (3) and reads as follows:

“The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable of vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bar, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional. Natural flavors include the natural essence of extractives obtained from plants listed in § 182.10, 182.20, 182.30, 182.40 and 182.50 and Part 184 of this chapter, and the substances listed in § 172.515 (b) and 182.60 of this chapter except where these are derived from natural sources."

WONF (With Other Natural Flavors)

If the food/beverage contains the natural flavoring from the product it simulates and other natural flavors that reinforce the characterizing flavor, the food may be label as With Other Natural Flavors (WONF).

Natural Identical

These flavors are made of raw materials that are found in nature. The molecular structure of the materials used in Nature Identical is the same as Natural Flavors but they can be synthetically produced. This term is used more in Europe and the U.S. considers these flavors artificial and must be labeled as such.

Artificial Flavors

These are compounds made up primarily of synthetic flavor materials and materials that cannot be found in Nature or Nature Identical but their use is permitted by law (GRAS).

GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe)

Simply these are raw materials for the Flavor Industry that are Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) when used as flavoring substances and meet Food Chemicals Codex Standards.

Natural Fragrances

There are no international definitions for the term “natural” fragrance as applied to its use in finished products.

The ultimate responsibility for the way in which a consumer product is described or promoted lies solely with its manufacturer. Unless instructed otherwise by our customers, Premier will use only IFRA Guidelines as specified below.

"In keeping with IFRA guidance (IL 737 of December 5, 2005), Premier’s natural fragrances are prepared from aromatic raw materials meeting the definitions in ISO 9235 (International Standard on Aromatic Natural Raw Materials). Only those fragrance ingredients that conform to ISO 9235 may be labeled as "natural", and nature-identical substances, chemically modified naturals, synthetically reconstituted essential oils and the like are not used in fragrance compounds we designate as natural.

The method of fabrication of certain natural extracts, and the stability of such materials, may require the use of synthetic substances (e.g. solvents). In order for the manufacturer of the consumer product, to be able to conclude whether the criteria for his finished product are still fulfilled, IFRA provides:

1. Many natural raw materials as defined in the ISO norm 9235, e.g. following requirements of the IFRA Code of Practice, must be protected by adding small quantities of antioxidants or preservatives. Their presence must be declared.

2. In cases where, due to the production process, synthetic solvents are utilized, they should be removed to the greatest possible extent per GMP requirements. Their presence must be declared.

3. IFRA considers the co-distillate of a natural extract with a synthetic solvent as a natural aromatic on a synthetic carrier. These products contain a significant quantity of solvent, the presence of which must be declared.

In conclusion essentially a Natural Fragrance is one in which all of the ingredients meet the ISO Standards for natural. This would include materials that meet the FDA definition for Natural Flavors."

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