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Standard for organic products
Chinese standard for organic products are set up on the basis of international standards and organic standards from other countries. It takes the principle of connecting with international communities into consideration, which is stricter than that of other countries in many areas. Although there is less allowed use than Europe, America and Japan, it is extremely strict. Chinese standard for organic products rules that the pesticide residues in organic products cannot surpass 5% which is the regular percentage in The maximum pesticide residues in products, the standard for food hygiene GB2763-2005. However, 5% of many pesticide residues are at the edge of instruments’ inspect limitation. What’s more, it is the first in the international community to list only management system into a part of Chinese standard. This represents that Chinese government highly emphasize on regulating the manufacturing and processing system of organic products.
Logos of organic products
Chinese Inspection Committee has established unified logos of organic products so that customers can recognize organic products clearly. The Inspection managerial methods for organic products rules that organic products have been certified can mark word “organic” on the product or product package. Certified logos of organic products should be used.
Chinese certified logos of organic products include organic logos and conversion to organic ones.
Organic logos are used when organic products are manufactured during convertible period or raw materials used during convertible period are used to process products. And logo should be marked both in Chinese and English.
The Inspection managerial methods for organic products also rules that without these certified logos cannot put misunderstanding words such as “ORGANIC”, “CONVERSION TO ORGANIC”, “NO POLLUTION” and “PURE NATURE” on products or products packages.
The supervision of organic products
In the first six months of 1995, the former Chinese Administration of Environmental Protection set up and announced Management on organic logos and Manufacturing and processing technical regulations on organic food. In 2001, The Inspection managerial methods for organic products and Technical regulations for organic food are announced successively (HJ/T 80-2001). Meanwhile, the organized committee is also established, approving OFDC, the first batch of certified institutions.
In 2003, Jan, 1, the State Council announced Certified recognized terms of People’s Republic of China, and in 2004 the former General Administration of environmental protection formally transferred the recognized and management work of organic food to Chinese Inspection Committee. According to this term, the inspection committee carried out work mechanism of “unified management and common implementation”, regulating supervision apartment on quality and techniques as well as the entry-exit quarantine department as local supervision and management department on organic products certification. In 2004, 2005, the General Administration of quality inspection and Chinese Inspection Committee announced the state standard Organic products (GB/T 19630-2005), The Inspection managerial methods for organic products and Regulations on certification implementation of organic products, ending the chaos that certification standards and requirements are not unified. This is a milestone event in Chinese organic career, which also symbolizes that Chinese organic career has reached a new stage of standardization.
Under the new situation of food security, as a major management department of Chinese organic certification, the inspection committee fulfills their responsibility every year to supervise and examine certified institutions, enterprises and products that have gotten certification as well as the certified logos. Once they found any problem, they will solve them strictly.
The inspection committee also set up “The information system on certification of Chinese agriculture products” (FOOD. CNCA. GOV). If customers have any problems on the products they have bought, they can log in the website to have more details.