Organic Handler and Processor
Where do you fit in the Certified Organic supply chain?
Most organic products pass through the hands of at least one middleman handler. Only certified organic handlers that meet organic standards under the USDA National Organic Program may handle organic products.
Handling includes many types of activities including:
- Roasting coffee
- Mixing livestock feed
- Grinding whole corn into cornmeal
- Fermenting milk to make yogurt
- Fermenting grapes to make wine
- Pressing fresh apples to make cider
- Seed conditioning
- Grain handling and storage
- Packaging and repackaging
- Labeling and relabeling
Processors and handlers must develop an Organic System Plan that describes their manufacturing or handling process, the products they make or handle, their sanitation and pest management programs, their packaging and labeling plans, and the type of documentation that they will maintain.
Facilities must be able to prevent commingling of organic and nonorganic products and ingredients and be able to prevent contact of organically produced products or ingredients with prohibited substances.
To learn more about MCIA’s certification process click the Client Resources/Forms and How to Certify buttons, to the right.