FAQ

Where to Buy
Where can I buy Earthbound Farm products?

Check out our product finder to locate where Earthbound Farm products are sold near you. If you don’t see your Earthbound favorites where you like to shop, ask the produce manager if he/she would order them for you.

Does Earthbound Farm sell its products directly to the public?

We sell to retail stores, so Earthbound Farm products can be found in supermarkets across the country. Use our product finder to find stores that carry Earthbound Farm products near you.

About Organic
What does “organic” mean?

At Earthbound Farm, all of our products are certified organic, which means they are grown with cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that promote ecological balance, conserve biodiversity and avoid the use of toxic and persistent chemicals and synthetic fertilizers, GMOs and irradiation.

Foods labeled as certified organic are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing, among many factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives. Organic producers rely on allowed natural substances (as well as a limited number of carefully evaluated synthetics from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, permitted for specific purposes after other methods have failed); and physically, mechanically, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible.

At Earthbound Farm, we’re proud to be pioneers in the organic produce category, which is often where people first start buying organic. It means every choice we make, from how we grow our crops to what we put in our finished products, is carefully considered and consistent with National Organic Program (NOP) guidelines. Learn more about organic food production.

What is my assurance that Earthbound Farm produce is organically grown?

Products labeled as “organic” and “made with organic” are regulated by the National Organic Program (NOP) and certified by an independent third-party USDA-accredited certifier. All Earthbound Farm products carry the USDA Organic Seal, which guarantees that it’s certified organic by an independent agency — in our case, California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), accredited by the USDA’s National Organic Program.

Are Earthbound Farm products genetically modified?

No. The use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is prohibited by the National Organic Program in certified organic products.

This means at Earthbound Farm, we can’t plant GMO seeds, nor can we use any GMO ingredients in producing any of our final, packaged products. To meet the USDA organic regulations, we must show we aren’t using GMOs and that we are protecting our products from contact with prohibited substances from farm to table. Learn more here.

Does Earthbound Farm support GMO labeling?

Labeling products made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is an important issue in the U.S. food industry today. Earthbound Farm strongly supports transparency in labeling and people’s right to know what’s in the food and beverages they eat and drink, so we support a national U.S. standard for GMO labeling that provides consistency for consumers and avoids the potential for 50 different standards in 50 states.

How do you ensure that your products containing produce from other countries are truly organic?

All food that bears the USDA organic seal has been grown and produced in accordance with the USDA’s organic standards (or equivalent*) and certified by an accredited certifying agency, regardless of where in the world it was grown. Earthbound Farm’s certifying agency is California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), accredited by the USDA’s National Organic Program.

Anything sold under the Earthbound Farm name must be certified organic by CCOF and is always labeled with country of origin.

*The United States has negotiated equivalecy agreements with several nations, including Canada, the European Union, Japan, Korea, and Switzerland. The equivalency negotiation is a rigorous process, which includes standards assessments, program reviews, and technical discussions. Under these agreements, certified organic product from the US may be marketed as organic in these foreign markets. Likewise certified organic product from these nations may be sold in the United States.

To learn more about our international trade partners:

https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/organic-certification/international-trade

Why does organic produce sometimes cost more?

Because organic farmers can’t rely on a chemical quick fix, we make a big investment of human labor to protect our crops from insects, plant diseases, weeds and other problems. If (and when) those efforts fail, we’re more vulnerable to crop losses resulting from infestation or disease. But as organic crop yields increase, and as more organic produce is grown on a wider scale, organic produce prices are coming closer to conventional prices.

Do I need to wash organically grown produce?

Although our organic produce is grown without any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, it’s always a good idea to wash all fruits and vegetables that are not marked ‘pre-washed’ before eating them. Our pre-washed salad greens are ready-to-eat and do not need to be washed prior to use.

About Our Products
Do I need to wash Earthbound Farm packaged greens?

For your convenience, our fresh salad greens are pre-washed in our state-of-the-art facility, and we take every step possible to ensure cleanliness and food safety. Learn more about how Earthbound Farm salads are processed.

How should I store my packaged greens?

Keep Earthbound Farm salads refrigerated in their original packaging.

How long will the packaged greens keep?

As long as they’ve been handled correctly and kept cold throughout the distribution process, Earthbound Farm greens should last until the “Best by” date on the package. Never use packaged greens after that date has passed. And no matter what the label date is, don’t eat any produce if it looks or smells bad. When in doubt, throw it out!

If you are nearing your use-by date but don’t have enough greens left for a salad, find creative ways to reduce waste and use up your greens on our recipe page.

Are any Earthbound Farm products irradiated? How do you assure that this doesn’t happen to food brought in from other countries?

No. Our products are certified organic, and the USDA’s National Organic Program specifically prohibits the use of irradiation in organic food. All food that bears the USDA organic seal has been grown and produced in accordance with the USDA organic standards and certified by an accredited certifying agency, regardless of where it was grown.

Are Earthbound Farm fruits and vegetables coated with wax?

Our citrus carries a post-harvest wax that’s approved by the USDA Organic Program, but we don’t use wax on any other Earthbound Farm organic produce. Some of our apples may have the appearance of being waxed, but this is a natural coating produced by the apple itself to retain moisture.

Are the salad dressings in Earthbound Farm salad bowls and kits sold separately?

Our dressings are custom-made exclusively for Earthbound Farm and are available only in our salad kits.

What is Earthbound Farm's commitment to safe food?

Earthbound Farm believes everybody deserves safe, delicious and high quality food—it is what sustains and nourishes us, and what we eat can have a profound impact on our well-being, good or bad. That’s why at Earthbound Farm, the responsibility we have to provide you with safe, high quality organic food is one we do not take lightly. Beyond the principles of growing organically, every day we are committed to producing food that is welcome at your table. Learn more about our commitment to food safety and quality.

About Our Packaging
Why do you package your salads in plastic boxes?

Our plastic boxes are critical to bringing you the freshest product possible.  When you harvest a highly perishable and delicate leafy green and have very little time to get it on store shelves, you have to carefully protect it as it moves from the field to its final destination from all the elements along the way. This includes protecting the leaves from damage, such as bruising; or exposure to extreme moisture, temperatures, debris or other contaminants. In other words, plastic containers are critical to getting you the fresh, delicious, safe and quality food you’ve come to expect from us and helps minimize food waste, which is a serious problem in our country.

Is your packaging made with recycled material? Is it recyclable?

We’ve always been on the forefront of packaging innovation in the salad category. Not only did we help popularize the clamshell packaging back in 2004, but we’ve also worked steadfastly ever since then to reduce its environmental footprint and make it as ecologically-minded as possible, while maintaining its functionality. Earthbound Farm remains an industry leader today—nearly all of our clamshell packaging is made from post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic bottles, a practice we pioneered within the category in 2009.

We think that post-consumer recycled materials are the most ecological packaging choice. The recycled materials use significantly less energy and water to produce than virgin plastic and generate far fewer GHG emissions. And because our clamshells are made from PET — the most widely recycled plastic — they can be recycled again at facilities that are able to accept thermoformed PET. What’s more, an entire clamshell package is made with just a small handful of recycled (or PCR) plastic pellets and use far less plastic than you think!

Do any of your product packages contain bisphenol A (BPA)?

All of Earthbound Farm’s packaging is BPA-free.

Why do you use #7 plastic in your frozen and salad bags? Isn’t it dangerous and unrecyclable?

#7 plastic is not an inherently dangerous or unrecyclable category: the reality is that it is a “catch-all” category of recyclable material for those ‘other’ plastics that do not fit into categories 1-6.

All of our packaging is FDA-approved for food use and is BPA-free.

Our frozen and salad bags are classified as #7 because they are laminated. This is needed to prevent oxidation of products, inhibit light penetration, and keep out other liquids or pathogens.

As far as recyclability, the reality is that recycling programs for this category vary greatly by location. While an increasing number of recycling programs are accepting more types of containers that live in this category, double-checking what’s accepted in your local recycling program is a must-do for plastic #7.

Where We Grow
Why does Earthbound Farm source some of its produce outside of the U.S.? Can I trust these products, and are they safe to eat?

To maintain a year-round supply, during the winter months approximately 95 percent of the lettuce sold in the United States is grown in southeastern California, southern Arizona and northern Mexico. With regards to our frozen line, nearly 40% of our raw ingredients are sourced from North America, while the rest is sourced from a variety of international locations to provide the greatest variety and quality of produce. Earthbound Farm products are also always labeled with country of origin.

It’s important to keep in mind that all food that bears the USDA organic seal has been grown and produced in accordance with the USDA organic standards (or equivalent*) and certified by an independent certifying agency, regardless of where in the world it was grown. That means our organic acreage outside of the U.S. must be monitored and certified by an accredited certifying agent.  We also follow the same Good Agricultural Practices on our farms outside the U.S. that we do on our farms in the US.

*The United States has negotiated equivalency agreements with several nations, including Canada, the European Union, Japan, Korea, and Switzerland. The equivalency negotiation is a rigorous process, which includes standards assessments, program reviews, and technical discussions. Under these agreements, certified organic product from the US may be marketed as organic in these foreign markets. Likewise certified organic product from these nations may be sold in the United States.

To learn more about our international trade partners:

https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/organic-certification/international-trade

Learn More About Us
Where did Earthbound Farm come from? What is our history?

Check out our ‘About Us’ section above or click on: http://www.earthboundfarm.com/about/

Where can I learn more about the company that makes Earthbound Farm products?

Earthbound Farm is now part of DanoneWave, and our mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible.  To learn more, please visit http://www.whitewave.com/find-out-more.

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