We make food that everybody can enjoy! Organic Valley’s owned facilities and co-processing partners are certified kosher and inspected at least once per year to ensure products are prepared according to Jewish dietary laws. Kosher certification is the rabbinic agency stamp of kosher approval verifying products, ingredients, production facilities, tools and the machinery used have no trace of non-kosher substances. Bulk raw farm milk is inherently kosher and requires no certification until it makes its way to the processing plant.


When you see a label that has “M” inside a crescent moon, the product is halal certified. Halal describes food allowed under Islamic dietary laws. Our milk, dry milk, whey, sour cream, cottage cheese and cream cheese are halal certified. Organic Valley has used the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of Chicago as our halal certifier since 2013, and it named us company of the year in 2017!

Behind the Scenes

Beyond the labels you see on our packaging, we participate in a number of certification programs behind the scenes to ensure you’re receiving the safest, highest-quality products. We work to ensure that our animals are well cared for, and that we’re meeting the certification standards of other countries we sell to around the globe.

Humane Animal Care

Raising animals is vital to who we are, and our farmers — through generations of farming experience — know that healthy, happy animals produce the best quality foods. Plus, it’s just the right thing to do.

FARM Animal Care Program

Organic Valley is proud to be part of the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) animal care program. Members are U.S. dairy producers, cooperatives, processors and industry partners dedicated to healthy cows and wholesome milk. The FARM program focuses on excellent cow care, protecting the environment, ensuring safe and exceptional workplaces, and using antibiotics responsibly. The National Milk Producers Federation administers the program.

Global Animal Partnership

Global Animal Partnership (GAP) certification is another way you can be sure animals are afforded healthy and humane lifestyles on Organic Valley and Organic Prairie pork farms. GAP sets standards using a number system signaling to consumers how animals were raised. The higher the number, the more the animal’s environment mimicked a natural environment. A product receives the base label for meeting more than 100 animal welfare standards. The top-tier label (5+) represents products from animals who live their entire lives on a farm.

Whole Foods Market uses this rating system, allowing consumers to make choices based on their preferences. While we do not put the label on our meat packaging, we follow the requirements to meet GAP standards.

A collage featuring certification emblems.

A collage featuring certification emblems.

Certified Humane Raised and Handled

Organic Valley eggs are Certified Humane Raised and Handled through Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) — just one more way you’ll know that our flocks are living the good life. Birds in our cooperative already have higher living standards than the USDA Organic label requires. In addition, Certified Humane allows domesticated birds numerous freedoms. Laying hens in the Certified Humane program are raised under standards developed by more than 40 animal welfare scientists and farm animal veterinarians.

Trussoni farm harvest squash in the field.

An Organic Valley farmer harvests squash.

Good Agricultural Practices

Our produce farmer-members have on-farm safety plans and they use the Good Agricultural Practices USDA Harmonized Food Safety Standards or a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked third-party standard of their choice. Our farmer-members receive annual audits showing they adhere to the requirements. Our farmer-members also receive an annual Food and Drug Administration inspection to ensure they produce, pack, handle, and store fruits and vegetables safely to minimize risks of food safety hazards.

And that’s not all! Our cooperative’s food safety education program assists new farmers with creating food safety plans, and Organic Valley staff visits our farmer-members to conduct audits. We want to know that our squash, cabbage, kale, cucumbers, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, turnips, beets, potatoes and rutabagas grown by our farmer-members are of the highest quality before they find their way to your table.

Non-GMO Project

A little orange butterfly flutters across the Non-GMO Project seal. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated through genetic engineering — in short, GMOs are organisms that could not develop naturally in nature or through traditional seed breeding practices.

The butterfly is the symbol of the nonprofit’s dedication to building and protecting a non-GMO food supply and the belief that everyone has a right to know what is in their food. Organic Valley’s raw farm milk supply is Non-GMO Project verified as well as most of our bulk products for ingredient sales, although we do not use the logo on our packages. But remember, certified organic always means non-GMO!

Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China

We also share healthy, organic products across the globe! Our dairy farms and processing plants are certified to the National Chinese Organic Standards. We take this extra step to accommodate the growing infant/toddler milk powder market in China.

Chinese organic product regulation and certification is governed and supervised by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA). Our cooperative is certified by GRIT Ltd. for many of our dairy powders sold as organic in China. Products from Cashton, Wisconsin, all the way to Auburn, New York, and a number of places in between are certified to China’s national organic standards. We’re proud to make our products available in numerous East Asian countries.

Asian children smile with glass of milk in hand.

We Certify Because We Care

Organic Valley practices environmental awareness in all facets of our operation, and we respect all human, animal and plant life. We’re a cooperative of farmers who share the same commitment to growing food the right way. We’re not driven by profits; we’re driven by principles.

By knowing a little more about our high standards and additional certifications, we hope this gives you confidence in continuing to reach for Organic Valley products. Thank you for supporting our organic farms!

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