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Organic is important to us...
And one question we're often asked, especially when some products are from distant countries such as Ecuador or China is 'How can you be sure they're organic?'
The EU has set very high organic standards, and a farmer, let's say of organic Kale Powder in China, must meet these same EU standards, just as if he were based in the UK.
It's not just his Kale farming that's certified, it's the production of the powder, the storage and transportation that must be certified organic too. This is the first stage, where the whole process is certified organic.
100% organic, free of all pesticides, fertilizers, GMO’s…
The purity of our organic range means so much to us, we do a lot of testing. Let me explain...
In our second stage, we take samples of the organic Kale Powder we plan to use, and send them into the UK, to have them tested at SAL labs in Cambridge.
We want to make sure the product is 100% organic, free of all pesticides, fertilisers, heavy metals, GMO's and other chemicals and pollutants. These tests are repeated as soon as the shipment arrives in the UK.
Each batch is tested for over 500 chemical residues, and the SAL lab report is 9 pages of A4... and we'd like to show you exactly what one looks like. It will give you a real picture of what testing really means. This is just three pages of a report!
Now the batch has been tested to be organic, it is ready to be exported. The third stage is for the EU approved organic certifying body in China to issue what's called an Organic Transaction Certificate. It's this certificate that is required by EU customs to bring product into the EU as organic.
Importer must be registered and certified organic…
The fourth step, is that the importer in the EU, has to apply for an EU organic import licence, specifically for the individual farmer in China. For this application, the importer must be registered and certified organic, with, for example the Soil Association in the UK.
The application form must be filled out by the EU approved certifier of the product in China, and then submitted to Department for Environment, in the UK that issues the licence.
It's only after all this has been done that the product can now at last be labelled as organic, with the Soil Association logo and/ or the green EU organic logo.
First hand experience…
Besides running Golden Greens® Organic, Morris has also worked in the organic industry since 2009, dealing in bulk organic grains (for a company that is wholly owned by a UK charity, for the purpose of generating an income for the charity.) and has first hand experience in what it means for foods to be certified organic.
He's visited many different organic farms to oversee these various stages of auditing and certification. So, when talking about organic, Morris is aways talking from his own personal experience.
Our Soil Association licence is: DA22957. If you'd like to find out more about organic, please see the Soil Association here: http://www.soilassociation.org/