Certified Organic Retailer
What is a Certified Organic Retailer?
Oryana was the first Co-op in the U.S. to become a Certified Organic Retailer. In August of 2002 Oryana made National Co-op news when we became a Certified Organic Retailer. Although not required by law, it demonstrates our long-standing commitment to the importance of certified organic food.
Being an Organic Retailer does not mean that we only carry organic items; what it does mean is that our members and customers can be assured that the organic products they purchase here are protected from farm to shopping cart. We verify that there is a third party independent paper trail showing that USDA Organic Rules have been followed.
In addition to checking for organic certification, we are also required to keep track of lot numbers, suppliers, and country of origin so products can be traced back to their source. We have created storewide and department specific procedures to keep organic and non-organic products separate including separate areas of storage, preparation and display.
Oryana installed a special water filtration system, uses only allowable cleaning and pest control products, and maintains accurate records and cleaning logs. All employees are trained to adhere to and maintain all department standards so that we do not compromise the integrity of an organic product, and understand how to handle, clean, prep, and store these products properly.
Every year the Global Organic Alliance conducts an annual inspection of Oryana to confirm that we are in compliance with the USDA Rules for organic retailers. These inspections cost about $1000 per year. In doing all of this we are ensuring our members and customers that the organic product they are purchasing is indeed organic and we have maintained its integrity all the way to consumption.