You can be a True Source Certified North American Packer if you are a company in North America that is involved in blending, processing and repackaging raw honey in preparation for the retail, wholesale or bulk ingredient market.
1. Maintain a system of traceability:
Clearly identify all shipments of honey that arrive to or are shipped from the plant.
Maintain the identity of individual lots of raw honey from specific suppliers as honey is processed to create product for the retail, wholesale or bulk ingredient market.
Purchases from North American Beekeepers:
Clearly identify all shipments of honey that arrive from Beekeepers.
Ensure that the Trucking Bill of Lading includes the name and address of both the Beekeeper and the Packer.
Ensure that all Beekeepers are compliant with FDA requirements, including facility registration.
2. Purchase from Approved Countries.
3. Maintain required documentation for every shipment of raw honey, imported from outside of North America:
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All documents must identify loads using the True Source ID Number for High and Medium risk countries as well as for all Fully Compliant loads. (minimally compliant loads do not require the use of the ID Number).
4. Successfully Complete Audit by 3rd Party Audit Firm:
Facility Audit: Verification of traceability system and documentation requirements for purchased loads. Mass balance of pounds purchased against pounds sold
Sample Collection: The audit firm will collect random samples of honey inventory to compare against stated origin (pollen).
Suppliers (beekeepers) will be selected at random to participate in phone and field audits to confirm stated volumes of trade.
5. Understand the Phased Implementation of Requirements:
In order to allow time for Packers and Importers to prepare their suppliers for the requirements of True Source certification, a phase-in period has been established that applies to the percentage of loads purchased by the Packer.
To apply for membership