lil’gourmets Certifications Explained

Hear us talk about our Clean Label Project Purity Award and want to know more? Or our work with the Partnership for a Healthier America? We’ve explained it all here! Read more about each certification and what they mean to lil’gourmets and our meals below. 

 

 
Clean Label Project Purity Award Winner

Clean Label Project Purity Award Winner

About: Clean Label Project conducts rigorous, independent food testing for over 400 different contaminants including heavy metals, chemicals, plastics, pesticides and other toxins. If the product is found to be among the top-performing in a given category, it qualifies for the Clean Label Project Purity Award. The Purity Award represents the ultimate standard of the Clean Label Project certification.

lil’gourmets: lil’gourmets has been awarded the Clean Label Project Purity Award! We founded lil’gourmets based on our values of quality and integrity, and we made choices along the way to include only the best and highest quality organic ingredients in our recipes.

Read what Jaclyn Bowen, Executive Director of Clean Label Project, had to say: “We are so proud to award lil’gourmets with the Clean Label Purity Award. lil’gourmets is trailblazing a new category with their uniquely delicious, nutrient-dense, globally-inspired fresh veggie meals. And now with the Purity Award, parents can feel good knowing that lil’gourmets is going above and beyond to prevent harmful toxins, herbicides and pesticides from contaminating their cups of veggie goodness.”

Veggies Early & Often - Partnership For A Healthier America

Partnership for a Healthier America - Partner on Veggies: Early & Often Campaign

About: Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is the premier national nonprofit working to transform the food landscape in pursuit of health equity. PHA was created in conjunction with Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA advocates exposure to veggies early and often for babies and toddlers as a key to raising adventurous, healthy eaters.

lil’gourmets: As an inaugural partner, lil’gourmets worked alongside PHA on the Veggies: Early & Often Campaign, as its underlying research was the founding principle behind our work. We know that the early introduction of delicious and diverse, veggie-packed foods can help develop a love of vegetables and change our perception of veggies from something we have to eat to something we LOVE to eat. Read more on the lil’g blog.

USDA Certified Organic

USDA Certified Organic

About: Organic certification means that farmers and businesses have met strict standards for the growing, processing and handling of their products. If you see the USDA organic seal, the product is certified organic and has 95 percent or more organic content meaning no pesticides, fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, radiation or genetic engineering was used. Organic production emphasizes natural processes and ingredients. To learn more, visit the USDA’s website.

lil’gourmets: Each of our recipes are USDA-certified organic. lil’gourmets purchases our 100% organic produce from Stahlbush Island Farms which farms organically grown crops and goes one step further by ensuring their entire farm is Certified Sustainable. Certified Sustainable agriculture practices ensure that food is grown in an ecologically and ethically responsible manner. To learn more, visit the Food Alliance website. The spices and health fats used in our baby meals are also USDA-certified organic.

WBENC certification women-owned business

Certified Woman-owned Business

About: WBENC Certification is the most widely recognized and respected national certification for women-owned businesses in the U.S. The Certification validates that a business is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women. To become certified, business owners undergo a thorough vetting process, including review of business documentation and a site visit.

lil’gourmets: Our company was founded and is led by Shibani Baluja, mom to Jayden and Mira. She founded the company after seeing firsthand the benefits of early and often exposure to fresh, flavorful, veggie-rich meals for her kids.