Food Business News - July 10, 2018 - 58
Maintaining the integrity of the
global organic supply chain is
critical to protecting the certification program's reputation.
September. The task force developed a
"best practices" guide to help implement
systems and measures to preserve the
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domestically may pose additional challenges in supply," Ms. Tesch said.
Mr. Vollmar said maintaining traceability is critical to not putting a brand's
reputation at risk.
The O.T.A. has launched a pilot project designed to detect and prevent fraud
in the global organic system. Various
members of the organic industry have
set up a pilot project designed to prevent
and detect fraud in the global organic
system, the O.T.A. said.
The group's Global Organic Supply
Chain Integrity Task Force set up the
project, which is running from June to
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integrity of organic, both inside and
outside of the United States.
Organic fraud was in the news in May
2017 when an article in The Washington
Post reported on a 36-million-lb shipment
of conventional soybeans going from
Ukraine to Turkey and then being sold
as certified organic when the shipment
reached California, boosting the shipment's value by about $4 million. Organic
imports into the United States in 2017
reached about $2.1 billion in 2017, up nearly 25% from 2016, according to the O.T.A.
Collaborators in the pilot project
include the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program, the
Accredited Certifiers Association, Inc. (a
non-profit educational organization for
the organic industry) and NSF International (an independent, accredited organization that tests, audits and certifies
products and systems).
Eleven companies that are part of
the task force are participating in the
pilot project. They represent the entire
organic supply chain and a range of products, services and commodities. The participating companies will concentrate on
one product or ingredient, or a specific
location to run through the program.
The companies will seek comments from
other stakeholders in their supply chain
and then share feedback and give recommendations.
"We've worked for a year to develop
a fraud prevention program for organic,
and now we need to have companies put
our recommendations to the test in their
everyday business activities to find the elements that have to be further developed,"
said Gwendolyn Wyard, vice-president of
regulatory and technical affairs for the
O.T.A. and staff coordinator for the task
force. "This pilot project is key to advancing
the adoption of an industrywide systemic
approach to preserving organic integrity
from the farm to the plate and to ensuring
the honesty of global control systems." FBN
Food Business News
July 10, 2018