Sourcing organic ingredients for processing

Organic processing begins with using certified organic ingredients. Sourcing, documenting and verifying organic ingredients is critical to ensure the organic integrity of your products.

How do I verify an organic certificate?

Before purchasing ingredients for your product, you must confirm the organic certificate for each product or ingredient is valid and in good standing.

Transaction certificates cannot take the place of a valid organic certificate.

We recommend starting the verification process of organic certificates by using the USDA Organic Integrity Database. Once you’ve established which agency certifies your ingredient, you can review the listed certifier’s website (or call the certifier directly). Observe additional requirements for imported organic products as needed.

Where can I find organic ingredients?

Finding ingredients can be a challenge, start with the USDA Organic Integrity Database.

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