Organto Foods Inc.

Organto Foods Inc.

March 09, 2016 09:00 ET

Organto Receives Organic Certifications for Guatemalan Farms

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 9, 2016) - Organto Foods Inc. (TSX VENTURE:OGO) is pleased to announce that it has received organic certifications under the USDA National Organic Program (USDA NOP), European Organic Certification (EC 834/2007 and 889/2008), Canada Organic Certification and the Japan Agricultural Standard organic programs. The certifications cover approximately 38 hectares of Organto's open-field growing farms in Guatemala as well as 3.2 hectares of greenhouses.

"We're thrilled to have achieved organic certifications on the majority of our current projects in Guatemala and look forward to adding additional greenhouses and farmland with the coveted organic certification. We'll be shipping organic produce to our clients throughout the U.S. and Europe imminently; our products are in various stages of cultivation at this time and we expect to be harvesting any day now," commented Peter Gianulis, President and CEO of Organto Foods Inc.

The certifications apply to approximately 14 hectares of Organto's Monjas Farm and to the entire 24 hectare growing area of the Pastoria Farm. In addition, the 3.2-hectare Monjas Greenhouse Operations also achieved organic designation. An additional 9 hectares at Monjas have been designated as "transitional land" and approximately 4.7 hectares will be abandoned for a three-year period. Currently, there is no plan to utilise the transitional land for any growing operations.

Quality Certification Services ("QCS"), a Florida based industry leading organic certifier, reviewed Organto's application and records. QCS has more than 25 years of experience in certification with clients in 39 states and 12 countries.


Peter L Gianulis

President & CEO

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