Introduction


The information contained in this section of our website serves to inform you, our customer, of the measures taken by DO-IT to guarantee that all our products are organic, safe and conform to all current legislation.

DO-IT’s Quality department consists of academically trained food technologists who through experience and preference, have specialised in quality assurance and technological advice. They continuously strive to bring the answers to your questions by maintaining intensive relations with DO-IT’s suppliers and by updating their own knowledge. In 2008 they have enrolled in the new pan-European food safety qualification programme leading to their accreditation as EU recognised food safety specialists.


Quality Standards


DO-IT serves the customer with 100% organic food ingredients,
certified by Skal.
The company DO-IT is FSSC22000 and ISO22000 certified.
The following certifications are available
Skal license number 01285 NOP   IBD BIOKAP BRC
Skal license number 01285 NOP   Fair Trade IBD
certified
BIOKAP Agents & Brokers
certified


Products specifications are according industrial standards.




Organic and Fumigation


Two words which don't match, because in organic culture the use of pesticides is not allowed. Many of the products in our program attract insects, which is a problem, especially in the summer. In winter the temperature is so low here that insects don't develop.
We currently use two methods to fight insects. The first one is pressure treatment, which we have used for some years. The second is a controlled atmosphere method.
Both methods can be used preventively. We treat our products before the eggs become larvae otherwise there would be dead larvae in the product, which, of course, is unacceptable.


Pressure treatment


With this method pallets with products are put in a tank. First this tank is pumped vacuum and then it is filled with carbon dioxide to a pressure of 20 bars. This pressure level is maintained for a few hours. The combination of pressure and carbon dioxide kills all the insects and, more importantly, destroys any eggs. It takes about 3,5 hours for one complete cycle.


Controlled Atmosphere method


We use this method now for several years and will place a second treatment chamber. The pallets with products are put in an airtight room, the amount of oxygen is reduced and the chamber is heated to 28°C. At this temperature insects are most active and need a lot of oxygen; because this is not available they will die. Moreover, at this temperature insect eggs will normally develop rapidly, because they absorb oxygen from the air. However, as there is almost no oxygen, the eggs stop developing and die.
This method is somewhat slower than pressure treatment and takes about 7 to 12 days. On the other hand, with this method more product can be treated at a time and the facility is closer at hand.
See also www.EcO2.nl for more information.


Quality Assurance measures


Since DO-IT focuses on long-term relations with its suppliers, this is a basis for trust and knowledge exceeding analytical know-how. But of course the trust has to be earned in the first place.

Therefore all our suppliers are required to complete a short supplier self audit form which gives us valuable insight into the companies behind our products.
Our products are manufactured by producers who are organically certified and who work according to the principles of FSSC 22000 and ISO 22000 or have been given information by DO-IT or its agents about how to manage the critical process point. They are also audited on a regular basis. These audits are carried out by internationally accredited organisations and, increasingly, by our purchasing staff assisted and trained for this purpose by QA.


Accreditation


DO-IT itself is certified according to the recent Dutch FSSC 22000  and ISO 22000 program which have been recognised by the GFSI Technical Committee as equivalent to BRC Technical Standard, IFS and SQF 2000. Lloyds Register performs regular audits and an independent FSSC 22000 consultant performs our internal audits.
In 2007 DO-IT has welcomed the Dutch Association of Bakeries and has received a favourable audit report.
 


 



General Quality Statement


 
Our products (are)
·         in conformity with the relevant Dutch and EU food laws and regulations
·         organic, in conformity with council Regulation EC 834/2007 and 889/2008 or conform the USDA National Organic Program
·         treated and produced under hygienic conditions
·         free of contaminations conform EC 1881/2006 as amended
·         in conformity with to EU organic legislation 834-2007, 889-2008 on residues of pesticides as interpreted in the guidelines of the Bundesverband Naturkost Naturwaren (BNN).
·         not irradiated.
·         do not contain any ingredient or additive derived from or produced using GMO’s or their derivatives and all reasonable steps have been taken to avoid contamination from GMO’s or their derivatives. Due to the fact that there is a presence of GMO pollen in the air, contamination cannot be 100% excluded. Therefore the maximum of 0.9% stated in the organic regulation applies.
·         packed in suitable packaging material (Food Grade), will be clean, and undamaged.
 
General disclaimer
All information is given according to our best knowledge. However this information can be subject to sudden change.
 
If you intend to use our products for vulnerable consumers (the allergenic, infants and young children, elderly citizens or immuno-compromised) you must note that this product is not sold as being specifically suitable for these groups. You are under the obligation to determine suitability for each batch of product bought.  We are happy to be of service in this respect.
 
For any questions related to the use and characteristics of this product, including its possible use in specific applications and the need for this product to conform to other legislation than stated in this specification, you are requested to contact Mr. Maarten Molenaar , Manager technical customer service, on 31 85 487 0431 or maarten@organic.nl.