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Dear <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>,
Since we last brought you our newsletter for BIOFACH 2016, some big things have happened at Organic Services. You can read about them in this issue of the Integrity Insider, but to give you a quick overview: Check Organic now has access to even more organic certification data. We've been busy writing a series of articles on organic integrity (which is why we took a little break from our newsletter). We joined an exciting EU project on food integrity and you can help us out with it. The FederBio Integrity Platform is really starting to take off and so are Check Organic and Group Integrity.
All the best,
Frank Gerriets & Gerald A. Herrmann
Organic Standard joins Check Organic
Our integrity article series in TOS
Joining the FoodIntegrity project
Developments in the FederBio Integrity Platform
Supply chain integrity with Check Organic
Group management with Group Integrity
Customer Profile: PDS Organic Spices
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Organic Standard, the leading Ukrainian organic certifier, agreed in June to cooperate with us and join Check Organic, the global platform of organic certification and chain of custody data. The aim is to strengthen confidence in organic products from Ukraine by securing their origin and preventing fraud. With this agreement, exporting companies in Ukraine will also receive access to the FederBio Integrity Platform (FIP) in Italy, without which they will be unable to market their products in the Italian cereal market in the future. In addition, security is also provided for additional organic markets. You can find more details on the Check Organic website and in this article we published.
Our article series on Organic Integrity solutions in The Organic Standard (TOS) has been ongoing since April of this year. TOS is a renowned international journal that keeps its subscribers up to date on developments concerning standards and certification issues in the organic/sustainable sector. Our series looks at topical issues in supply chain integrity and reports on various integrity initiatives. You can find the articles throughout this newsletter and on the Check Organic website.
We've been selected to be part of the "Ensuring the Integrity of the European Food Chain" Project ("FoodIntegrity"). FoodIntegrity is funded as part of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme and is designed to bring together and put in action measures to protect the authenticity of European food for the sake of consumers and the food industry itself. As a new project partner, we attended the FoodIntegrity conference in Prague back in April and summarized the exciting things that are happening as part of this project for you in TOS. You can read the full article here. In FoodIntegrity, we're applying our expertise as organic supply chain integrity specialists to the wider food industry. We're taking a highly participatory approach in this project and would love your feedback on how to best share data along a wide variety of supply chains. You can read our Call to Participate here. More information on FoodIntegrity in general is available on the project website.
With the harvest in 2016, the actual implementation has begun and the first cereal transactions have been recorded. Starting on 01/01/2017, the platform will be made mandatory for all affected parties, giving the organic sector in Italy an entirely unique transparency system. FederBio, the Italian Federation of Organic and Biodynamic Agriculture, is an umbrella organization whose members represent 95% of Italian organic operators. With such a high percentage of the market involved, the development of a mandatory business solution became possible and necessary to protect the integrity of the Italian organic brand, after a number of scandals threatened to negatively impact the industry there. You can find out more about the FederBio Integrity Platform in our article in TOS.
Imagine you need to recall one of your products and you have to clear your shelves because of a withdrawn certification status or a fraud scandal. Apart from the costs, you also risk losing your customers' trust and your reputation in the market. Have you ever asked yourself how you can ensure the compliance status of your product portfolio across the entire supply chain? We have the answer – the new Supply Chain Monitor in Check Organic!
To understand what is going on worldwide to enhance organic supply chain integrity, we organized a congress session at BIOFACH 2016 that included a variety of experts from the US, representatives from the EU Commission, Switzerland (Bio Suisse), Italy (FederBio), and Organic Services. The first in our series for TOS, this article summarizes various approaches to tackling the issues of supply chain integrity and includes a comparison of these approaches using radar charts to visualize and benchmark them. You can read the full article here.
What if you were tasked with managing the compliance of over 2200 farmers who grow more than 16 different products with 5 different certification standards on 2230 ha of certified organic farmland? 
Group Integrity is thrilled to welcome PDS Organic Spices as a new client. We are honored to provide the software solution for PDS' Internal Control System and the customer support PDS' certification officers need to ensure the quality and integrity that their clients expect from India's Topmost Exporter of Organic Spices.
Are you interested in learning more about Group Integrity? Our article in TOS explains its unique approach of combined support for a variety of processes in one tool, which results in reduced administrative burdens for grower groups, contract farmers and small (local) certifiers. Group Integrity facilitates the management and administration of your (Internal) Control Systems (ICS).  
PDS Organic Spices is a unit of Peermade Development Society (PDS), one of the largest NGOs in South India. PDS' goal is to help those marginalized by society improve their livelihoods by giving them the building blocks and support they need to do this. PDS Organic Spices has its own processing facility and exports pepper, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and vanilla, among other spices, to a wide variety of countries. Find out more about PDS Organic Spices here.
Interested in learning more about PDS Organic Spices? Check out this video.
PDS Organic Spices - Organic Agriculture in Kerala, India
Organic Services is an international strategy and management consultancy, specializing in organic food, sustainability and development matters. Our services have an interdisciplinary focus, and include, among others, market development and studies, product sourcing, certification and accreditation consulting, biogas plant implementation, and knowledge transfer through the organization of trade fairs, conferences and study tours.
We are renowned experts in software-based audit and quality management systems. Examples include, besides several successful industry consulting projects at national and international levels, »Check Organic«, for enhanced supply chain integrity, and »Group Integrity«, for the administration of (internal) control systems for smallholder groups, companies with contract production as well as local certifiers.
Check Organic is a cloud-based supply chain integrity solution that brings together organic certification and supply chain data backed by Ecert technology. Keying in on these two data sets brings greater transparency to organic supply chains and is what makes Check Organic unique. Check Organic means a more streamlined way to do business, but more importantly, it gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your transparency and protect your brand integrity. Check Organic is a service offered by Organic Services.
Group Integrity supports audit management, audit documentation, non-compliance follow-up, external reporting (market, certification) and internal quality verification system management processes (e.g. ICS, PGS, and GLOBALG.A.P. Option 2). What makes Group Integrity unique is its combined support of a variety of processes in one tool, not only for grower groups, but also for businesses who contract smallholder farmers and for the certifiers who certify them, covering these connected stakeholders with one tool. Group Integrity is the ultimate solution for professionally managing groups and will help transform your group into a well-structured, transparent and reliable market partner. Group Integrity is a service offered by Organic Services.
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