Silliker, the leading international network of food testing and consulting companies, has entered into a strategic partnership with Organic Education Solutions (OES) to provide training and consulting services to industry manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and other stakeholders.
Founded by President Rick Martinez, the OES management team possesses over 70 years of combined experience in organic program development, consulting, and training for farmers, manufacturers, retailers, USDA accredited certifying agencies, governments and non-governmental organizations.
While the organic food industry is undergoing exponential growth—estimated at $75 billion in food and beverage sales in the U.S. alone—there is increased pressure for companies to comply with production and safety standards under the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP).
OES, under the strategic partnership, will develop training programs that are designed to ensure the integrity of organic products, improve employee awareness and performance, and help companies meet and maintain NOP certification requirements. Silliker served as the sole and exclusive sponsor of the recently released training program, "Keep It Organic: Best Practices for Production Personnel” DVD.
Employing video clips, graphics, and photographs, the bilingual training program introduces employees to organic food handling and production practices. Preventing commingling and contamination are among the many topics covered in the DVD, which is designed to help companies comply with NOP and Canadian Organic Product Regulations.
As part of the strategic partnership, Organic Concepts, an OES affiliate, will provide technical consulting services for Silliker clients who need to develop a certified organic program or update an existing program. Inspection and non-compliance remediation support are also included in the consulting services.
About Mérieux NutriSciences Corporation:
Within Institut Mérieux, Mérieux NutriSciences works as a trusted partner to assure food quality, safety and better nutrition all across the supply chain on a global basis. Mérieux NutriSciences Corporation provides consulting, testing, auditing, education, sensory, innovation and contract research services through its business units Silliker, Inc., Biofortis, and Bioagri. Mérieux NutriSciences helps advance science and solutions for food safety and nutrition worldwide. www.merieuxnutrisciences.com