Our partners from Asia and Europe provide us with certificates of quality, production control and/or biological origin for all types of tea, according to international requirements for quality and product control.
ISO 9001 – JULY 1997
The ISO 9000 family addresses various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’s best known standards. The standards provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements, and that quality is consistently improved.
INTERNATIONAL FEATURED STANDARDS (IFS) FOOD – DECEMBER 2005
IFS Food is a standard for the auditing of companies that process food or companies that pack loose food products. IFS Food is only applied where the product is “processed or handled”, or if there is a danger of product contamination during the primary packaging.
EUROPEAN ORGANIC REGULATIONS (EC) No 834/2007 and 889/2008
Commission Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 of 5 September 2008 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products with regard to organic production, labelling and control.
NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM (NOP) – 2003
The National Organic Program administers the Organic Seal to products that meet the requirements.
FAIR TRADE – 1994
Fair trade is a social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainable farming.
UTZ CERTIFIED – 2011
UTZ Certified is a program and a label for sustainable farming. The UTZ Certified label is featured on more than 10,000 different product packages in over 116 countries.
ETHICAL TEA PARTNERSHIP
Our partners are members of the organization since 2014. The Ethical Tea Partnership is a not-for-profit membership organisation that has been working with tea producers and tea companies to improve the sustainability of the tea industry since 1997.
SPECIALTY TEA INSTITUTE
Our partners are members of the institute since 2014. The Specialty Tea Institute (STI) is the educational division of the Tea Association of the U.S.A., Inc. and the leader in the education of tea professionals.
A kosher certification agency is an organization that grants a hechsher to ingredients, packaged foods, beverages, and certain materials, as well as food-service providers and facilities in which kosher food is prepared or served.
In 2011, the EU designates the name Darjeeling as a protected geographical name (PGI). Therefore, Dargeling black tea produced according to the established rules must either be labeled with a label on the packaging (PGI) or the EU logo. Keep in mind that the EU logo must have a specific graphic format (color, size, etc.). Tea stores that offer bulk tea that is not pre-packaged can mark tea containers with the text or logo.