1. Why is Pu-erh tea certified for organic tea?

Because the value of organic agricultural production to protect the environment and improve food quality cannot be directly reflected by its final products, nor can it be reflected intuitively. Therefore, as a product of the organic production system, there should be a special mark to distinguish it from conventional products. In order to protect the legitimate rights and interests of producers and consumers and ensure the quality of organic tea products, the production process and final products of organic tea must be monitored and certified at the same time, and such supervision and certification are open and independent at home and abroad. The certification body.

2. What is organic tea certification?

The certification of organic tea products is mainly through the certification organization to entrust its inspectors to inspect and audit all links in the process of organic tea planting, processing and sales, and the authoritative quality inspection agency to carry out the necessary sample testing on the samples. The certification of organic tea is a borderline process. Usually, at least one certification review is carried out every year on organic tea cultivation, processing, storage, transportation and trading processes, and irregular unannounced inspections are conducted. This review not only helps to supervise whether producers, processors and traders fully organize production and processing and trade in accordance with the requirements of organic tea standards, to ensure the quality of organic tea products, but also helps organic tea producers, processors and Traders improve and perfect their management and establish a continuous and stable planting, processing and trading system. The links involved in the inspection of organic tea include: the ecological environment of organic tea gardens, soil and fertilizer management, pest management, fresh leaf picking and transportation, tea processing and packaging processes, and storage and transportation and product sales processes Link.

3. Certification body.

Generally, the certification body must meet the following conditions:

Must be an institution independent of producers and traders, also known as an independent third party;

Must have a team of inspectors who are familiar with tea production and have knowledge of organic food production and management;

Must have tea quality indicators and hygienic indicators for testing and management and ability;

Organic tea certification must comply with the prescribed procedures.

4. Inspector.

Inspectors are the "eyes" of certification bodies and consumers. Whether the applicant applying for certification meets the standards for organic tea planting and processing. On the one hand, the quality indicators of the end products are detected through the necessary testing methods. On the other hand, it is also a more important aspect. , Through the inspectors to see, listen, love, and supervise on the spot, to evaluate whether it is actually produced according to organic tea. Therefore, the requirements for inspectors must be very strict.

First of all, the inspector must be a person who conducts a fair and independent evaluation of the applicants for certification according to the standards for the certification of organic tea. The inspector must not be an employee of any party that trades the certified product or an employee of a company that has any financial interest in the certified product. The inspector shall not work for the applicant or hold a certain position one year before or after the inspection.

Second, the consultation and advice provided by the inspector to the applicant is limited to helping the applicant understand the organic tea standards and make suggestions for improvement. In the certification year, the inspector shall not provide technical consultation and services to the applicant in order to obtain additional consulting fees, otherwise it will not only disqualify the inspector, but also disqualify the organic tea of the unit accepting the inspector's consultation.

Third, there is an equal and trust relationship between the inspector and the inspected unit. In cases involving commercial secrets and special technologies and secrets, the inspector and the inspected unit shall sign an agreement to keep commercial and technical secrets.

Fourth, the inspector is entrusted by the certification body to conduct an on-site inspection of the applicant and submit an inspection report to the certification body. The inspector submits the inspection report to the certification committee and makes a recommendation to grant or reject the award, which does not mean that the applicant must obtain the certification. The inspection of a certain unit by an inspector shall not exceed 2 years.

5. Certification Committee.

The certification committee is composed of experts familiar with tea technology, production, management and organic tea standards. There is no direct or indirect economic interest relationship with the certified products and sales units.

The certification committee evaluates whether the applicant meets this standard based on the inspector's report, relevant questionnaires and certification materials, and makes decisions on approval of the certification, conditional award, refusal of certification and organic conversion award.

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