What is the process to become certified organic?

There are several agencies in NZ that will certify organic production. The process is thorough with annual audits and the occasional random audit. All orchard practices are documented, as is attention to food safety, with verification coming from residue sampling and lab tests.  Authentication is also sought from viewing all purchases of inputs with all products now requiring prior approval before use. Orchards take 3 years to achieve full organic certification. Whilst this is a comprehensive program, the benefits lie in the certification which is highly respected by retailers and consumers.

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