Dear Aysha, When choosing an organic food brand, you need to look for the following:
NOP- USDA Organic
EU – Agriculture
Jaivik logo as mandated by FSSAI*
Name of the certification agency
These logos will be printed only on those organic food products, which have been certified as organic by the regulatory authorities. You need to ensure all of them are present while buying the organic food product of your choice. Also check the company’s sourcing system. Does the company source directly from farmers or middlemen? Given that India has mostly small farms averaging about 5 acres sourcing directly from farmers becomes very important to ensure organic integrity.
Organic certification is a process that helps producers of organic food and other organic agricultural products to get their products certified through internationally accredited certification bodies such as Control Union, Onecert, IMO, Indocert etc. Organic certification is intended to assure quality and prevent fraud. “Certified organic” label is a product assurance for consumers worldwide.
The standards are laid down and administered in India by APEDA. The standard is called the NPOP – National Programme for Organic Production. Similarly the US standard is called USDA NOP (National Organic Programme) standards and the European Union standards are specified by regulation EC 834/2007
At 24 Mantras farming projects, products and processing facilities have been certified for EC 834 / 2007 standards, US NOP and Indian NPOP organic standards. Most of the projects are certified by Control Union International, and Onecert. We are a member of IFOAM and are registered with US FDA. I hope you are satisfied with the above response. In case you would like to have more information, we are happy to address your queries.