DEAR NEW FARM:
I import products from a sake brewery in Japan that was the
first sake brewery to gain organic certification by JAS. I
want to import this sake as “Certified Organic”
under USDA rules and am trying to find a company that can
do NOP certification. If you can be of assistance, I would
greatly appreciate it.
We asked National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Chairman
Jim Riddle to help us out with this one. Here’s what
Jim had to say:
The sake needs to be certified by an NOP-accredited certifying
agent. Henry should review The
New Farm's Guide to US Organic Certifiers to locate
a certifier who meets his needs. He can also look on the
list of accredited certifiers on the NOP website—www.ams.usda.gov/nop/CertifyingAgents/Accredited.html.
Make sure that the certifier is accredited for "processor"
or "handler" certification.
Hope this helps,
us with comments, suggestions and questions.