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.