are requirements for the production of organic food laid down in EU regulations At least 95 percent of the raw materials in the product must come from organic agriculture and the use of genetically modified substances and mineral nitrogen fer tilisers is prohibited as is the use of synthetic pesticides But the legal limits for the amount of pesticides that can be found in the finished organic product are the same as those set by the regular laws governing food products Due to the coex istence of non organic and organic farming cross contamina tion sometimes cannot be prevented We have always been a bit more stringent when it comes to our products Anything that lands in one of our bags or tins is 100 percent organic And when it comes to checking our prod ucts for pesticide residues we adhere to the reference values of the Association of Organic Processors Wholesalers and Re tailers BNN Bundesverband Naturkost Naturwaren e V Of course some pesticides are never permitted for use in food pro Organic we go further We prefer products approved by organic associa tions but that doesn t always show on the package We prefer buying products that adhere to the criteria of organic associations In other words products that come from organic farmers who have joined associations such as Demeter Naturland and Bioland The certification requirements of these organic associations go even further than the criteria of the EU organic regulations EU organic seal with regard to the use of fertilisers closed loop systems and animal welfare Only association approved products which we can source year round are indicated as such on our packaging like our Demeter Plantation Coffee This prevents us from having to switch packaging several times a year sometimes featuring the seals of the organic associations sometimes not Changing packaging takes time and effort and requires unnecessary ware housing and production costs that we don t want to have to pass on to our customers To keep things simple we also refrain from labelling the majority of our tea and spice blends with the seals of organic associations duction in the European Union But in the case of substances that are approved for the production of organic food the BNN s reference values are far stricter than the legal requirements BNN members are only permitted to distribute products which do not exceed the reference values plus a range of analytical variation But even there we take it a step further We do not want to take advantage of the range of analytical variation which takes fluctuations in the measurement results into ac count As soon as our tests deliver results that exceed a ref erence value we block the product in question And besides that we have long included a full declaration as recommend ed by BNN on all our products Collective names like herbal blend do not appear on our packaging or in our lists of ingre dients Even if a raw material makes up less than two percent of the finished product we list it in detail Because we don t need to hide any of our ingredients And no customer wants to buy a pig in a poke 5 Quality has roots 92

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