July 7, 2011 – Fuchs North America announces that it is expanding its product offerings by obtaining organic certification for its processing facility in Baltimore, MD. With this certification, Fuchs North America can now offer organic-certified seasonings to its food processing clients.
The certification of Fuchs North America was made by the Maryland Organic Certification Program (MOCP). MOCP is a USDA-accredited certifying agency approved to provide organic certification in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program.
Formed in response to growing consumer interest and demand for organic food products, the goal of the National Organic Program is to “develop, implement and administer national production, handling and labeling standards for organic agricultural products,” as well as to oversee certification of organic production and processing.
Certification is important for consumers, the industry, and the regulatory community in order to ensure organic integrity “from farm to store.” The National Organic Program provides guidelines for producers in the supply chain. All certified organic operations must have an organic system plan, as well as records that verify compliance with that plan.
Commenting on the organic certification of Fuchs North America’s facility, Dan Cooper, CEO, stated,
More and more organic products are being sought out by consumers today. Consequently, our food processing customers see the need to carry more products that fit the organic label. Achieving organic certification on our products gives customers the confidence of knowing that they were grown using organic methods, and that no synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, additives or genetically engineered organisms were used in production or processing.
According to Cooper, organic certification means that Fuchs North America can easily expand its seasoning and flavor solution offerings to include those that are up to and including 100% organic ingredients.