Organic Processed Food Certification System
The organic processed food certification system has the purpose of protecting consumers by improving the reliability of organic labeling, and to encourage good-intentioned businesses to supply high quality organic food.
Businesses that would like to label or market their processed foods as ‘organic’ should receive certification from the National Agricultural Products Quality Management Service. Once the certification authority has confirmed on-site the place of business it will determine if a certificate of authentication can be issued to the business wishing to receive certification.
As the certification authority, the NAQS will inspect the business which has received certification to ensure that it is strictly implementing the authentication tasks required according to the 「environmentally-friendly agriculture promotion act and the organic food management and support related act」(hereinafter referred to as “act”) and will ensure that violations do not take place through subsequent inspections.
Range of Businesses Intending to Acquire Certification
According to the laws, certification must be acquired when seeking to label or market processed foods as “organic.” The range of businesses eligible to receive certification is as follows.
- Businesses planning to produce or manufacture organic processed foods in Korea using organic ingredients that originate from foreign countries or from within Korea (including businesses dealing with butchery, fresh convenience foods, meat processing, dairy products, polishing, and milling.)
- Businesses planning to produce organic processed foods in foreign countries using organic ingredients that originate from foreign countries or from within Korea with the intentions of marketing in Korea
- Businesses planning to subdivide or repack foreign or domestic organic processed food within Korea