Not everyone can make the claim that their produce is organic, even if they are using organic growing methods. Strong controls through the USDA and the governments of other countries dictate that farms producing edible fruits and vegetables must go through a stringent certification process on an annual basis to maintain the ability to label the produce as organic. And since Organics Unlimited sells bananas to both Asia and Europe, as well as the US and Canada, maintaining certification of the farms for each market is imperative.
USDA Organic Certification
All produce from Organics Unlimited is USDA Certified Organic. We use Organic Certifiers for on-site inspections of the farms and facilities. This inspection process is required each year to maintain the organic certification of the each farm.
Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS) is the necessary certification for all organic produce sold in Asia. The Organics Unlimited farms maintain JAS Standard Operating Procedures and are inspected by resident inspectors for all stages of production, including receiving and storing of produce and processing methods used in production and shipping.
For Europe, we maintain GlobalGAP certification. The GLOBALGAP standard is primarily designed to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by minimizing detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical inputs and ensuring a responsible approach to worker health and safety as well as animal welfare.
GROW certification means that through the growing and sale of this produce, a fund was established to improve the lifestyle of the workers in the areas. A surcharge of $.60 per box is added to bananas that carry the GROW label, which is used to make this a sustainable certification.