An increasing number of consumers are seeking out organic products, in everything from food and beverage products to bath and body products, home cleaning products, and much more. It only stands to reason that anybody in any of these industries should be acquainted with the standards and practices required to craft organic products, from the standard definitions for these products as outlined by national regulations (which, it is important to note, vary from country to country) to the special needs involved in crafting these products.
In the United States, a product is defined as organic if it is produced without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and sewage sludge. Products derived from animals must be produced without artificial growth hormones or antibiotics. If a product is certified as organic, it is not necessarily entirely free of any of these residues. However, certification does mean that a product (and the ingredients in that product) have been crafted with these concerns in mind.
For the flavor and fragrance industry, the rise of organic products takes on an entirely different meaning. In many instances, substitutions of some flavor and fragrance ingredients must be made in place of other ingredients that can be certified as organic. This presents a new challenge, and one that must be undertaken with care so as not to go against the regulations in place – both for the manufacturers of organic products and for the producers of the ingredients that go into those products.
Fortunately, as demand increases, new and better solutions are being implemented across the board. Some solutions include the use of natural aromatics, essential oils, and other organic ingredients in everything from artificial flavoring for foods and beverages to aromas for laundry detergent, perfumes, cosmetics, and much more. Consumers can rest easy that all of their favorite products will soon be available in organic forms without any decline in quality.