True Source Certified

    True Source Honey, LLC has developed the True Source Certified™ voluntary system of traceability for those participants who wish to demonstrate through an independent third party that their sourcing practices are in full compliance with U.S. and international trade laws. This system permits honey to be tracked from the consumer back through the supply chain to the country of origin and the beekeeper that harvested the honey from the beehive. The basic responsibilities of each participant are as follows:

  • True Source Certified™:
    • Establish and maintain the standards for certification.
  • Third Party Audit Firm: 
    • Conduct audits to evaluate compliance to the standards.
    • Assign the True Source Certified™ Identification Number to each load.
  • Beekeepers:
    • Produce and sell pure honey directly from their own operation.
  • Processor/Exporters:
    • Purchase honey only from within their country of operation for resale/export.
    • Maintain a system of traceability and use a True Source Certified™ Identification Number for every shipment of honey.
  • Importers:
    • Follow True Source Certified™ standards when purchasing certified loads of honey.
    • Provide the required documentation to packers related to the export and import of each load.
  • Packers:
    • Maintain a system of traceability and purchase only True Source Certified™ honey from certified participants in the supply chain.

It is through the application of these standards and the involvement of an independent third party that trading partners can have the assurance of complete traceability and compliance with U.S. and international trade laws.

For additional information and resources please see the following documents:

Specific information for Honey Industry participants can be found at www.tshmember.com.

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