Tea Certifications

USDA Organic certification verifies that your farm or handling facility located anywhere in the world complies with the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) organic regulations and allows you to sell, label, and represent your products as organic. These regulations describe the specific standards required for you to use the word ‘organic’ or the USDA organic seal on food, feed, or fibre products. The USDA National Organic Program administers these regulations, with substantial input from its citizen advisory board and the public. In the United States, federal legislation defines three levels of organic foods. Products made entirely with certified organic ingredients and methods can be labelled ‘100% organic,’ while only products with at least 95% organic ingredients may be labelled ‘organic.’ Both of these categories may also display the ‘USDA Organic’ seal. A third category, containing a minimum of 70% organic ingredients, can be labelled ‘made with organic ingredients,’ but may not display the USDA Organic seal.


JAS or The Japanese Agricultural Standards are standards for the agriculture industry maintained by the Japanese Government. They are comparable to Japanese Industrial Standards but for food and agricultural products. Once a product has passed tests conducted by government-backed rating bureaus, the JAS seal is appended to the product.


India Organic is a certification mark for organically farmed food products manufactured in India. The certification mark certifies that an organic food product conforms to the National Standards for Organic Products established in 2000. Those standards ensures that the product or the raw materials used in the product were grown through organic farming, without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or induced hormones. The certification is issued by testing centres accredited by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), under the National Program for Organic Production of the Government of India.


The Rainforest Alliance is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour. At the heart of the Rainforest Alliance’s approach is the understanding that the health of the land is inextricably connected to the wellbeing of those who depend on it for their livelihoods. Their approach includes training and certification to promote healthy ecosystems and communities in some of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems.


UTZ Certified stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet. The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment. Through the UTZ-program farmers grow better crops, generate more income and create better opportunities while safeguarding the environment and securing the earth’s natural resources and grow food that tastes a lot better, now and in the future.


Fair trade directly helps producers share in the benefits of trade with the workers/ pluckers. A premium is charged from the buyer to the seller, this premium is transferred directly to the gardens for the workers’ welfare. The surplus from the premium price must be spent on ‘social projects’ for ‘common goals’ organised by the exporting cooperative rather than being an extra payment for farmers. These may include the building of classrooms, baseball pitches, or the establishment of women’s groups, for instance.


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. This industry-wide initiative, which was originally called the Tea Sourcing Partnership, was established by a number of large UK tea packing companies who took the decision to work together to improve the social conditions in their supply chains. Later on, ETP membership opened up to non UK based-tea packers, and extended the scheme to include environmental issues as well.

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