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The USDA definition of organic as those which meet the following requirements:
. In order to be "certified" as organic, the entire production chain must pass a rigorous inspection and certification process that starts with the land and continues through the processing chain. Only then, can a product be properly labeled as "certified organic". Certifications are granted by certification authorities and are generally renewed every 2 or 3 years. Many times the only aspect of the product that can be certified as organic is only one small part of the finished product. In such cases, only the specific parts of those products containing certified organic components can be labeled as such -- and not the entire product by virtue of its inclusion of a certified organic component. Some retailers label their clothing as "certified organic" when, in fact, the necessary certifications have not been obtained, or only a small component of the product contains certified organic materials.
As a customer, it is important to be able to trust the suppliers you work with. At Hemp Basics, we work hard every day to earn your trust. Beginning in 2009, all our certified organic products will be marked as such, and only the certified organic component will be identified. Moreover, and more importantly, all of the certifications relative to those products will be available for review upon request. Occasionally, there will be a certification that has expired. Whereas dates are important, the finished product produced from the goods that have been certified organic can still be offered for sale even after a certification has expired. If we do not have access to the certifications relative to the products offered, whether manufactured by us or not, we will remove the designation "certified organic" for those products and/or components.
To date, there have only been certain crops coming from certain countries that have been certified as organic. To our knowledge as a producer of Romanian hemp products since 1991, there is, and has been no "certified organic" hemp produced in Romania to date. While the hemp grown and processed can be said to produced in an organic manner, the Romanian products are not,and have never been "certified" organic -- notwithstanding the claims of other suppliers of Romanian hemp offering "certified organic" hemp from Romania.