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USDA Partners With ASTM To Enhance Biobased Labeling Program

August 21, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Certified Biobased labeling program, with the support of the American Society for Testing and Materials, provides a comprehensible definition of what a biobased product is and integrates an international recognized test standard. With more than 500 products already certified, the program comes with three key criteria: products must meet the definition of biobased as prescribed by the 2008 Farm Bill; they must include minimum levels of biobased content as defined by the USDA and confirmed by the ASTM D6866 test standard; and they provide alternatives to petroleum-based materials introduced after 1972.
Jacquelyn Ottman and Mark Eisen, "USDA Certification raises bar for biobased", Greener Package, August 21, 2012, © Summit Media Group, Inc.
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