True Source CertifiedTM
National Honey Packers and Dealers Association
Galveston Texas January 6, 2011
Elise Gagnon – President, Odem International/Vice Chair, True Source Honey
Lauren Brink – Food Services Manager - North American, Intertek
Eric Wenger – Director of Quality, Golden Heritage Foods /Chairman, True Source Honey
History of True Source Honey
Originally the work of 4 companies.
Dedicated to Education and Outreach
Recognized a need to verify claims related to sourcing practices.
Requires independent oversight.
Requires open participation.
Gave True Source Honey to the Industry
Formed a 7 member board with limited terms.
Relinquished rights to trademark and ownership.
What is True Source Certified?
A traceability program that involves the entire supply line from beekeepers to packers through the use of a certified audit program.
A certified audit program must be administered by a reputable 3rd party audit firm with international expertise.
Industries We Operate In
What We Do
Commercial & Electrical
Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals
Industry and Assurance
Aerospace & Automotive
Consumer Goods & Retailers
Electrical & Electronic
Food & Agriculture
Government & Institutions
IT & Telecom
Medical & Pharmaceutical
Toys, Games & Hardlines
Textile, Apparel & Footwear
The Role of 3rd Party Auditors
Audit against True Source Certified standard.
Conduct audits of Processor/Exporters and Packers focusing on document and product.
Maintain all information gathered during an audit as confidential between Intertek and their client – the participant.
Issue a unique product Identification Number.
Make a determination of pass or fail based upon the outcome of the audit and issue a report of findings to the client.
Communicate to True Source Certified when participants achieve Certification and are entitled to recognition on the website and eligible to use trademarks.
True Source Certified Annual Membership Fee
Based upon volumes and specific to position in supply chain.
Collected by 3rd Party Audit Firm.
Dedicated to maintenance of website, development and maintenance of standard.
Intertek Audit Fees
Comparable to other food safety and quality audits.
Will vary by country.
Introduction of True Source Certified
True Source CertifiedTM recognizes the value of continuous improvement.
Change is both inevitable and encouraged.
Program revisions will take place on a scheduled basis.
Invitation to participate in a seminar in February.
Open participation results in a more robust system.
As a Board Member, upon certification.
As a participant on an advisory panel.
Main Elements of Certification
Use of True Source Certified ID # on Shipments
Document Audit – Traceability System
Product Audit (Sampling and Analysis for Country of Origin)
Purchasing from Approved Countries.
North America: Canada, Mexico, United States
South/Central America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Uruguay
Asia: China, India, Vietnam
Other: Australia, New Zealand
Requirements of Certification: Packer
Submit an Annual Fee and pre-certification questionnaireto Intertek.
Maintain documentation for every load purchased: Certificate of Origin, Authenticity Testing Results, CBP Form 3461, Bill of Lading, Delivery Order, Warehouse Inbound Receipt, Truck Bill of Lading, True Source Honey Identification Number.
Participate in and pass a Certification Audit
Purchase from a Certified Processor/Exporter and through a participating Importer.
Submit to random Surveillance Audits to reconcile purchases to sales and sample collection to test for country of origin.
Requirements of Certification: Importer
Note: Importers are not audited but must be registered participants that assist exporters and packers as they follow the requirements of the program.
Register as a participating True Source Certified Importer.
Submit a Membership Fee based upon volume of trade.
Follow True Source Certified guidelines when transacting purchases between Certified Processor/Exporters and Packers.
Requires full transparency between supply chain partners.
Requirements of Certification: Processor/Exporter
Submit an Annual Fee and pre-certification questionnaire.
Participate in and pass a Certification Audit. Audit criteria will vary depending upon country of origin and risk of circumvention.
Submit to random Surveillance Audits to reconcile purchases to sales and sample collection to test for country of origin – or depending upon country of operation, participate in load supervision and sampling prior to shipment.
Source honey for processing and export from only the country of operation (no Imports from 3rd countries for re-export or use).
Maintain records of purchasing transactions and establish a system of traceability.
Suppliers/Beekeepers will be audited as part of this audit.
Participate in and pass a Financial Audit (High Risk Countries).
The Case for Certification
Customers, Consumers and the Media
Consumers value clear declaration about the origins of the foods they eat, a certification program and logo approach is well understood.
The media is quick to draw attention to sensational stories and paint entire industries with a broad brush – certification by an independent party can counter negative press.
Food Safety Legislation
Verification activities under a foreign supplier verification program under this section may include monitoring records for shipments, lot-by-lot certification of compliance, annual on-site inspections, checking the hazard analysis and risk-based preventive control plan of the foreign supplier, and periodically testing and sampling shipments. Sec. 805 c. 3 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
Validate Ethical Sourcing Claims
Any claim related to sourcing practices, carries little weight without some mechanism to verify the claim – certification is that mechanism.
Many members of industry are already making a claim similar to the Pledge and engaging in independent activities to support that claim.
Invitation to Participate
During the Convention, submit survey
Through e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attend seminar in Chicago
Serve on Advisory Panel
Commit to Certification
Participation is open to everyone.
Everyone starts at the same place – no company is certified to date.
All information is handled by the 3rd party auditors – no risk of competitors exposing information to other participants.