Organic Integrity & Site Audits
Organic Integrity is our top priority
The USDA organic regulations describe the specific standards that farmers and processors must meet to use the word “organic” or the USDA organic seal on food, feed, or fiber. Consumers purchase organic products expecting that they maintain their organic integrity from farm to market. Through enforcement, USDA creates a level playing field by taking action against farmers and businesses that violate the law and jeopardize consumer confidence in organic products.
Each year, a USDA-accredited certifying agent verifies that each organic operation is complying with the USDA organic regulations. This includes an on-site inspection, which can be either announced or unannounced. Additionally, at least 5 percent of certified organic operations’ products are tested for residues of prohibited substances (such as synthetic pesticides) every year. In addition I Was Thinking follows the same in person and onsite audits to ensure both up to date knowledge and compliance.
USDA-accredited certifying agents and the public submit hundreds of complaints of alleged regulatory violations to the National Organic Program each year. If the violation is confirmed, these investigations often result in:
- Product label changes
- Uncertified farms and businesses becoming certified organic
- Enforcement actions
IWT provides audit and inspection programs based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Principles and Guidelines. These programs provide producers and suppliers of agricultural products the opportunity to assure customers of their ability to provide consistent quality products or services. IWT verifies their documented programs through independent, third-party audits. IWT audits are done to ensure the highest level of quality to the current GFSI approved programs.