Mexico is one of only a few countries in which participatory guarantee systems (PGS) are legally recognised. The country recognizes PGS as a valid mechanism to certify as organic those low-income producers who have only local sales impact.
How does it work?
Producers who are part of a PGS in Mexico are subject to annual audits undertaken by the official staff of Senasica, the regulatory body. The groups of producers under a PGS system need to undergo a process of recognition through document checks as well as production area and point of sales inspections.
In Mexico PGS operates from direct points of sale that guarantee the traceability, safety and freshness of products offered there.
The reviews guarantee the traceability and safety of products offered to the market. Inspections are carried out by certification committees (CCOPS) that are part of the Sistema de Certificación Orgánica Participativa (SCOP), recognized by Senasica. The CCOPS are comprised of producers and consumers who have been trained for this purpose. Inspections are conducted only by members of the group officially recognised and integrated in the point of sale. Producers with a certified PGS are then able to sell their products as organic in the market.
The case of Macuilli Teotzin
Macuilli Teotzin A.C. is the first participatory organic certification system officially recognised in Mexico in 2016; last year the PGS received
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