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What is Organic Certification?

Organic Certification is a certification process for producers of organic food and other organic agricultural products. In general, any business directly involved in food production can be certified, including seed suppliers, farmers, food processors, retailers, and restaurants.

Requirements vary from country to country and generally involve a set of production standards for growing, storage, processing, packaging and shipping that include:

  • Avoidance of synthetic chemicals like the fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives. And also, irradiation, and the use of sewage sludge.
  • Avoidance of genetically modified seed
  • Use of farmland that has been free from prohibited chemical inputs for a number of years (often, three or more)
  • Keeping detailed written production and sales records (audit trail)
  • Undergoing periodic on-site inspections.

What is the purpose of Organic Certification?

Organic certification addresses a growing worldwide demand for organic food. It is intended to assure quality and prevent fraud.

What certifications do Grain Stories possess?

Grain Stories possess India Organic, USDA Organic, Aditi and FSSAI certification.

What does each of these certifications mean?

India Organic

India Organic is a certification mark for organically farmed food products manufactured in India. The certification mark certifies that an organic food product conforms to the National Standards for Organic Products established in 2000. Those standards ensure that the product or the raw materials used in the product were grown through organic farming, without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or induced hormones. The certification is issued by testing centers accredited by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) under the National Program for Organic Production of the Government of India.

USDA Organic

The National Organic Program (NOP) is the federal regulatory framework in the United States of America governing organic food. It is also the name of the program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) responsible for administering and enforcing the regulatory framework. The core mission of the NOP is to protect the integrity of the USDA organic seal. This regulatory body ensures that the products were grown through organic farming

Aditi Certification

Aditi is a certifying body in adherence to the National Organic Program (NOP), National Programme for Organic Production(NPOP), Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industries. Aditi Certifications ensures that the products are grown through organic farming methods.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. It is a certification body that ensures food products are tested based on scientific standards with respect to food. It regulates their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale, and import to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.


Source: Wikipedia

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