Common Universally Recognized Food Symbol Callouts

Food companies use symbol to show the consumer important features about their product.  There are symbols that are universally recognized and show that the claim is certified and there are others that claim an advantage but may not be verified or regulated by the FDA.

Here are some symbols you can trust when reading labels.


Fair Trade: Fair Trade Certification empowers farmers and farm workers to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the globalmarketplace. (


Certified organic: For any product sold in the United States – regardless of where it was grown or produced – to carry the USDA Organic logo, it must have been inspected by a certified agent of the USDA certification program.

Kosher: The most common symbols of kosher certification, from the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations, New York, NY.

Gluten-free certification benifits consumers by giving them confidence that a product is gluten-free. This not only reassures the consumer that the product has been tested and the site inspected, but it also saves the consumer time that would have been spent calling the manufacturer for the gluten-free status of the product