Organic is logic

Organic, you think it’s logical?

There has been an increase of companies selling organic certified tea, lately. Let’s look at tea flowers, for instance. This is quite remarkable since at this point there are no organic certified tea flowers. We have this information from several Chinese suppliers. (But if anyone can proof us wrong: please do so!) When surfing the internet we found a company that seemed to sell organic certified tea. Upon request they even sent us a copy of the certificate, which was issued by IMO. We contacted IMO and we found out that the certificate was fake. Another example is a Japanese company of which a few gardens are certified, but the company itself isn’t!

Wherever in the world, each company that is involved in producing, processing or trading organic certified products needs to be certified. In the Netherlands, SKAL is the only agency that takes care of this. In Europe, clear rules have been set. Every company has to describe its processes and to keep a log in order to keep it controllable. On behalf of SKAL in the Netherlands, Control Union does this monitoring. If you like to import from countries outer Europe, the rules are even stricter and you have to register your purchases in advance. And of course all kinds documents, that will be investigated by customs as well. So it is very important to check the certificate of the manufacturer and export company. Even for the packaging of biological tea you need to be certified since you come into contact with the product and you don’t want the tea to be contaminated or mixed with other raw materials.

There is an asset to the word ‘organic’ and that is why companies want to sell organic products. So check if organic is really organic!