Organic & Environmental Information

Food Safety, Ethical, Organic & Environmental Accreditation's

 

 
Churchill's Fine Teas specializes in premium loose leaf tea from around the world. The large selection of teas we provide which is around 265 at any given time requires we work with many different suppliers. 
 
Here for your information is a broad range of the types of certification that we require to work with a supplier to ensure that you receive the best possible tea available. The variety of possible certifications and monitoring include the following:
 
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As with all work environments it’s important that tea estates and processing factories conform to good social and environmental standards. Without them workers can be subjected to unsafe working conditions, unfair human resource practices (e.g. hiring, job allocation, career opportunities, grievance procedures etc.), and the environment can be susceptible to degradation, e.g. water and soil pollution.

ETP Monitoring Programme and Global Standard

The core of this work is done through our Monitoring Programme , which is free to producers. We use third-party independent auditors to assess conditions on the ground against the ETP Global Standard. The Standard covers the following social and environmental principles:

Social Provisions

Environmental Provisions

  • Freely Chosen Employment
  • Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining
  • Health and Safety
  • Child Labour
  • Wages and Benefits
  • Working Hours
  • Discrimination
  • Regular Employment
  • Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
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  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Agrochemicals
  • Soil Conservation
  • Ecosystem Conservation
  • Water Conservation
  • Energy Use
  • Waste 

 

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The United States has trade arrangements with several nations to facilitate the exchange of organic products. These arrangements provide additional market opportunities for USDA organic producers. Consumers also benefit from a wider range of organic products year-round.

The National Organic Program works with the Foreign Agricultural Service and Office of the United States Trade Representative to establish international trade arrangements for organic products.

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HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) is a preventative food safety management system in which every step in the manufacture, storage and distribution of a food product is analyzed for microbiological, physical and chemical hazards.

 

 

Exports of EU organic products

The EU produces some of the world’s most sought-after delicacies. As these products are increasingly made from organic ingredients, the EU seeks to ensure that exporters can access foreign markets without encountering barriers to trade.

International trade in organic goods not only allows people in the EU to enjoy exotic new products from outside the EU but also enables EU organic products to be appreciated and recognised around the world. The EU has secured recognition of EU organic rules in several important export markets including Australia, Japan, Switzerland, Canada and the USA. Having EU organic products recognised in non-EU markets is a key priority for the future.