Food labels provide important information to you as a consumer and assist in making informed decisions to avoid greenwashed labels. Verified labels are a way to ensure that the product you are choosing to consume was raised in a way that aligns best with your values. 

Not all labels are created equal

Certain food labels are verified by a third party and are required by the certification to live up to a certain set of standards. These are food labels to look out for on your products because they ensure the quality of the product being delivered. Other labels are misleading and can hint to the consumer that the conditions are better than they really are, without any proper regulations or guides. For example, “cage-free” eggs mean only that; the chickens are not raised in cages. It does not mean that they have access to the outdoors, or that they have enough space to thrive. In addition, these certifications rely on farmer and processor information and do not ensure the integrity of the verification process.

This comprehensive food label guide is meant to help you along the way on your next shopping trip to highlight which food labels are third-party certified and which ones you should be wary of.