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As organic matcha grows in popularity, we make sure our safety standards keep up with demand. As premium matcha supplier, Ikeda's tea production process is closely monitored and highly regulated from our growing methods, to production and packaging. We meet all strict safety certifications and hygiene demands required to produce high-quality matcha. Learn more about Ikeda Tea World's safety certifications below.
FSSC 22000 is a non-profit, independent foundation, that utilizes international ISO standards. Their 3-year auditing certification process focuses on the entire food safety management system, from the first contact with raw materials to the final stages, such as packaging, transportation, and storage. They also ensure that manufacturers meet their strictest hygiene requirements.
Orthodox Union (OU) Kosher has a set of guidelines and food safety standards whose origins stem from the Bible, as well as Jewish traditions. Aside from regulating meat and dairy, Kosher certifications also apply to products that fall under Pareve, which include beverages like soft drinks, coffee, and tea.
The United States Department of Agriculture national standards apply to organic production as well as the marketing and labeling behind natural products. Items with the USDA label must "Integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used." Customers can rest assured that items with this certification have met the rigid standards set by the United States for truly organically produced products.
The Japanese Agricultural Organic Standard is the organic standards equivalent of the USDA. Products with a JAS certification may sell their products as organic in Japan or the U.S. Similar to USDA standards, JAS has set standards for organic processed foods and plants, as well as strict guidelines for the production, processing, labeling, and marketing of organically produced foods.
Plants or animals that have been modified in a laboratory using genetic engineering, are known as Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO. The Non-GMO Project is a nonprofit organization, whose mission and verification process is to ensure that any product with the Non-GMO label adheres to its ongoing testing of high GMO risk inputs, supply chain traceability, accurate and clear product labeling, and maintaining operational consistency to ensure that products are up to the Non-GMO standard.
The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) uses quality assessment and control measures throughout the food production process to ensure that products are free from gluten. This is done through regular on-site inspections and monitoring testing results on a regular basis to make sure standards are met.