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We offer products that are certified to be cruelty free, fair trade and/or kosher. This is the spot to learn more about these important certifications. As always, if you have any questions, we're here to help.
Fair trade is a market-based approach to alleviating global poverty and promoting sustainability. Fair trade advocates the payment of a fair price as well as adherence to social and environmental standards related to the production of goods. In particular, fair trade focuses on exports from developing countries to developed countries, most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit, and flowers.
For more information on the fair trade certification, visit TransfairUSA.
About Cruelty Free Certification
The Leaping Bunny Cruelty Free certification ensures that products are not tested on animals and that:
1. There are no animal ingredients.
2. The ingredients used were not tested on animals.
3. The finished product itself was not tested on animals.
Some products state "Not tested on animals" but may not bear the Leaping Bunny symbol. These products assert they are not tested on animals but have not been certified through the Leaping Bunny organization. These products are not tested on animals but the source ingredients are not certified cruelty free, though they may be. For these products, we use the icon "Cruelty Free" to indicate the vendor has stated their products are cruelty free.
According to the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), "Neither the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nor the US Consumer Product Safety Commission requires animal testing for cosmetics or household products, respectively. There are sufficient existing safety data as well as in vitro alternatives to make animal testing for these products obsolete. While it is true that virtually every ingredient, even water, has been tested on animals in the past, we can help prevent future animal testing." It is not necessary to test on animals and there are numerous other viable alternatives.
For more information, visit Leaping Bunny.
About Kosher CertificationsAs with organic certifications, we have listed the kosher certification for products that are kosher. Since there are many kosher certifying organizations, we've selected the certifications most commonly found on products we carry. For those certifications we don't specifically list, you will see the letter K to indicate the product is kosher. The specific kosher house will be listed on the product packaging.
Foods and products certified as kosher are those that meet specific Jewish dietary laws regarding ingredients, handling and preparation. There are numerous certifying organizations in the U.S. and worldwide. Some of the most common ones are listed here for your reference.
For over 80 years the Orthodox Union has maintained the highest standard of kosher supervision. Today the OU certifies more than 400,000 products making it one of the world’s most recognized and most trusted kosher symbol.
For more information on the Orthodox Union, visit their website at OU.
Founded in 1935, the OK Kosher Certification (the OK) won international regard under the leadership of kosher food pioneer Rabbi Berel Levy. Today, among the world’s most respected kosher symbols, the OK has established a sterling reputation with uncompromising integrity.
For more information on OK, visit their website at OK.
Serving the Kosher consumer for almost 40 years, KOF-K was the first Kashrus organization to introduce computer technology to the complexities of Kashrus supervision/management. In addition to automated inspection “tracking,” the KOF-K has compiled a massive database of ingredients and ingredient suppliers, accessed for companies under KOF-K supervision. This technology has placed the KOF-K at the leading edge of contemporary Kosher supervision, raising industry standards to a new high.
For more information on KOF-K, visit their website at KOF-K.
STAR-K Kosher Certification has provided kosher supervision for over fifty years. The STAR-K, formerly known as the Orthodox Jewish Council of Baltimore/ Vaad Hakashrus, originally served the Jewish community of Baltimore. Under Rabbi Moshe Heinemann’s leadership as Rabbinic Administrator and the spread of Rabbi Heinemann’s reputation as an expert in the integration of the complexities of food technology with kosher requirements, the STAR-K assumed a more prominent role on the international kashruth scene. STAR-K’s kosher symbol quickly gained wider recognition.
For more information on Star-K, visit their website at Star-K.
Kosher Supervision of America is a not-for-profit Kashrus agency recognized by rabbinical associations throughout the world. KSA is the largest, recognized and accepted, Orthodox kosher certification agency based in the western United States. KSA, administered by Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon, also enjoys the support and recognition of other major Kashrus agencies throughout the world.
For more information on KSA, visit their website at KSA.
Other Kosher Certifications
This symbol is used on the shopOrganic website to indicate a product is certified kosher. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of kosher certifying organizations - far too numerous to list here. For products on our website displaying this symbol, the specific certifying organization's symbol can be found on the product packaging.
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