Standards

Organic Taiwan OTAP

Organic Taiwan OTAP

Governing Organization

Council of Agriculture, Taiwan

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Assessment Type

Third party assessed by verified bodies

Memberships

Government Affiliated

Sectors Covered

Food, Beverage and Agriculture

Issues Covered

CSR, Environmental Management, Organic, Waste and Chemicals Management

Description

Organic Products have been becoming more and more popular with Taiwanese consumers in recent years with countless products of different categories labeled organic. There are magazines with "organic" themes, markets and stores that specialize in organic products, and there are even expos on organic living and fashion. Huang Yuh-Ciong, a section chief at the Agriculture and Food Agency in the Council of Agriculture said that organic agriculture is a method of production that follows natural principles and allows natural resources to be reused and recycled. It's also a management system that stresses soil and water conservation and ecological harmony. In order to have an OTAP stamp on the label, during the process of farming or raising animals, for any agricultural product going through the approval process, no synthetic chemical substance, including chemical insecticides and pesticides, fertilizers, growth hormones, animal drugs or other hormones can be used, and the soil and water used must not be contaminated. Not only that, but the agricultural land must include a zone for ecological preservation, and in order to ease the impact on the soil, different crops must be grown in rotation each successive season on the land. With all these conditions met, the producer must go to a certification body approved by the Council of Agriculture. Currently, there are four approved bodies: MOA International, TOPA, TOAF and FOA. All of these have the trust of the public. In order to determine whether a farm meets the organic standards specified by the government, these certification authorities send auditors to the farm to examine and observe the production environment and process.

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