NATURAL PRODUCT CERTIFICATE
Natural Products are defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as foods that do not contain artificial sweeteners, colored ingredients, chemical preservatives, or artificial or synthetic ingredients. Another definition is; means that a product grows spontaneously in nature without using any additives or any external chemicals, or products grown only with organic fertilizers and animal fertilizers. The ISQ-NAP-1 Natural Product and Natural Production Standard is a standard prepared to provide consumers with a reliable distinctive mark for food products that meet consumer expectations regarding their production that does not disturb the naturalness and naturalness of the products.
Natural foods are offered to consumers under various labels, many of which are unclear, and are widely marketed. The term natural usually refers to foods that are poorly processed and whose ingredients are completely natural products. However, the lack of clear standards creates confusion that this concept is fully guaranteed. When it comes to natural products, it is necessary to take an approach that addresses the use of pesticides (pesticides) or food production methods used in agriculture to destroy or control harmful organisms. When preparing foodstuffs, food processing or production methods such as thermal technologies, pasteurization or irradiation should not be applied.
A so-called "natural" product should consist only, or at least almost exclusively, of natural ingredients and be manufactured with appropriate processes to preserve the purity of the ingredients.
Safety: A "natural" labeled product should avoid any component suspected of human health risk.
Responsibility: No animal test should be used in the development of a product labeled "natural".
Sustainability: A product labeled "Natural" should use biodegradable ingredients and the most environmentally friendly packaging.
Natural Product Certificate
In order to obtain the Organic Product Certificate or Natural Product Certificate, there are conditions in international standards that the producer must meet. These conditions cover not only the final stage in which the product is obtained or harvested, but all important stages (planting, fertilizing, spraying, grafting, harvesting, packaging, etc.). Private organizations authorized by the relevant ministry inspect the producer and issue certificates according to these inspections. However, these organizations do not inspect every producer, only the producers who want to be audited. Although not auditing all producers is seen as a disadvantage of a system, this problem can be overcome by raising the awareness of consumers. Although there is no difference between organic products and natural products, organic products are more reliable because they are controlled by certification bodies and organic product growers are constantly audited. If natural products are bought from unknown places or places where the production phase is not trusted, unnatural products can be presented as natural, as they are not subject to any inspection. It is necessary to be careful about this.
Every stage of the production and transportation processes that pass until organic products are put on the market must be carefully controlled and certified one by one.
The processes a product goes through to be certified as organic can be listed as follows:
* Inspection of the field
* Certification of the organization or farmer to produce
* Which seed is used (check whether it is GMO or not)
* Certification and inspection of the fertilizer to be used
* Determining whether or not pesticides are used
* Certification of the finished product
* Inspection and certification of the packaged product
Products that can successfully complete all the processes described are called "organic".
The conscious consumer will turn to products with a Natural Product Certificate, and as a result, all producers who want to gain customers will try to obtain a Natural Product Certificate. In this context, producers should first learn what needs to be done to obtain a Natural Product Certificate and then review the entire production process. Producers who complete what needs to be done can obtain the Natural Product Certificate and present the information about how natural the food they produce is.
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