People's Republic of China certification for the BaltMilk organic products
What makes this certificate for BaltMilk so special, and how the certification process was conducted, we asked quality manager Ieva Augūnaitė, whose team was responsible for organizing the audit.
- The specialty of this certificate is the fact that China does not have certificates of environmental certification issued under European Union legislation. Only products certified in accordance with the National Standard of the People's Republic of China are considered organic in China.
Were Chinese requirements different from those of other certification companies?
- Each certification body takes a very close look at audits as the areas to be certified are not the same. Comparing the requirements of EU legislation with the requirements of the National Standard of the People's Republic of China for the production of organic products, the Chinese standard is stricter, with more supplementary conditions than the European standard.
What comments did the company get and what was needed to be improved in the production processes?
Our organic production process is in full compliance with the National Standard of the People's Republic of China. We received some minor comments during the audit, which we corrected shortly after the audit.
Although there is no great optimism in Lithuania regarding food exports to China, the cooperative's leaders believe that the Chinese eco-certificate increases the sales opportunities of LACTOPRIMA products in the Chinese market.
Mantas Rudaitis, CEO of “Pienas LT”, says that this certificate is an additional business opportunity for the future.
- We believe in the future of organic products and business prospects, so we are certified in milk protein production. We believe this is another opportunity and another foreign market for our milk protein products’ brand LACTOPRIMA. The world's most famous dairy producers have been positive about the quality of our BaltMilk production and LACTOPRIMA products. Although the Chinese market is hard for all Lithuanian food manufacturers, we believe that a quality certification of organic production will strengthen potential partners' confidence in BaltMilk's organic products.