Nature Bio Foods Ltd. (NBFL) is a FSSC 22000 certiﬁed company, which assures that our products are grown and processed in a manner that you can trust upon.
Our certiﬁcations and production system guarantee that the best quality organic products are delivered to you straight from the farm.
NBFL is Organic Certiﬁed as per EEC no. 834/2007, USDA’s NOP, India’s NPOP (equivalent to EU standards), Biosuisse and Naturland by many reputed International and National Certiﬁcation agencies like Control Union Certiﬁcations (CUC, former SKAL), ECOCERT, ONECERT, LACON,Aditi Organic, andVedic Organic.
Beside Organic, our operations are also certiﬁed as per well-known social standards like FLO Fairtrade of Germany and FairTSA of USA.
The organic agriculture sector in India is presently experiencing a tremendous growth all over the country more and more farmers are shifting to organic agriculture. So it is very essential that an honest organic farmer is protected from unfair competition. Hence NBF has taken major steps n achieving various merits from regulating companies to give the best not just to the farmers but also the consumers. The better known fact here is that consumers are becoming aware of the benefits of the organic food.They are ready to pay a premium price for their health. To assure them of the product being organically grown, the farmers keep the required organic standards in mind and the produce is grown in accordance to that.
At NBF the produce is termed as “organic”, when it meets the relevant national and international standards. The Indian Government released the National Standards for organic products(NSOP) in 2000. Under this, the products sold as organic need to be inspected and certified by a nationally accredited certification. There has been a steadily growing interest in Organic farming in recent times. Large scale farmers and groups of small farmers who have taken up organic farming are now getting organic certification for their produce,. In India NPOP (National Program for Organic Production) and its regulatory body APEDA (Agricultural and processed food products export development authority) have laid down the guidelines for organic certification and all products that is organic certified displays the ‘India Organic’ logo for customer to easily identify certified products. This post touches upon the process of organic certification in India. APEDA offers an internet based e-service called Tracenet to collect, record and report data on organic certification and thus facilitating the process of organic certification. It is also used to trace any organic produce all the way to the farm from anywhere in the supply chain.
There are certain companies which set basic standards for certifications and then there are certain companies which set standards for national and international levels. They are regularly reviewed and updated in a democratic process by the IFOAM members from all over the world.Though organic certification can be obtained for all types of agricultural produce including processed food and food served in restaurants, in this post we’ll focus on only agricultural produce. Large scale farmers or small size land holder growers groups (minimum of 25 and maximum of 500 farmers having lands in the same geographical area) can apply for Organic certification of their produce. The point to note here is that the land is not certified as organic. Rather the produce from it is certified. The exports for Europe are exported under the regulations of EEC. Without this stamp one cannot export.
Before granting any certification, an inspection is a mandate. The field inspection is one of the most important process in Organic certification in India. Here is a summary of the steps takes while inspecting .
- Visit of external inspector to fields and facilities.
- Review of records and accounts.
- Calculation of input and output norms and preparation of production estimate from a farm.
- Assessment of production system
- Interview with responsible person(s).
- Risk assessment from neighboring farms.
- Inspection of use of any GM products.
- Inspection of use of off-farm inputs.
- Analysis of residue tests by certified laboratories for pesticides, heavy metals if required.
- Inspection of sustainable practices.
- Inspection and study of entire production unit.
- Organic certificate for any produce is valid for 3 years only. It must be renewed after expiry of 3 years