Organic Certification

Organic certification is a complicated process for many of our clients. At its simplest explanation, it is a method of tracking organic ingredients from the farm to the consumer. If you can visualize that journey for your ingredients and think about every stop along the way, from the farm to the distributor, manufacturer, through to the customer, it makes it easier to think about your organic plan and organic integrity.

There of course are many other details. Organic certification is the only way to show that there is regulation and documentation concerning the types chemicals applied in the field, and in the processing facility that adhere to the National Organic Standards.

For manufacturers, the key to a successful organic plan is good documentation.

For the consumer, the USDA Organic logo is a clear sign that the product and the manufacturer has been reviewed, complies with the NOP standards which include the prohibition of GMOs.

Here is a link to the USDA Organic bog for more information.

Author: Mike Schwartz

After spending many years in kitchens in and around New York, and teaching at the Institute of Culinary Education for 12 years, Mike has moved on to his own business. Mike owns BAO Food and Drink, which makes 33 varieties of cultured vegetables, drinks and sauces and the Organic Food Incubator, which offers solutions to small food manufacturers. More importantly Mike is Gabi and Harry's dad and works hard to make sure that they are fed correctly.