12 Jun

GBW Announces Marathon City Ginseng as New Inspection Authority


Ginseng Board of Wisconsin Announces Marathon City Ginseng as New Inspection Authority

Board Strengthens Resources to Further Protect Integrity of Its Seal Program

WAUSAU, WI: The Ginseng Board of Wisconsin (GBW) announced today that the organization has contracted with Marathon City Ginseng as its newest Inspection Authority to certify Wisconsin ginseng as part of the organization’s seal program. GBW’s seal program is open to all ginseng producers and it provides purchasers with assurance that the ginseng they purchase is 100% authentic Wisconsin ginseng.

With the addition of Marathon City Ginseng, the GBW now has two Inspection Authorities for its seal program. Robert Kaldunski, President of the GBW, said, “We’re excited to add resources to our seal program. This allows producers and distributors a choice while still meeting the criteria of protecting the seal.” The Ginseng and Herb Cooperative has been and continues to be one of GBW’s Inspection Authorities.

Some of the requirements of the Inspection Authority include verifying that the ginseng lots are residue tested per GBW specifications, verifying that the product is Wisconsin ginseng, and verifying that the root is cruised up to the quality standards of the importing country or the purchaser’s standards. Additionally, the Inspection Authority has a number of other responsibilities including being open and fair to all producers and maintaining confidentiality. For more information about the GBW seal program, please contact the GBW office.

About Ginseng Board of Wisconsin

The Ginseng Board of Wisconsin (GBW) was established in 1986 as a nonprofit organization representing all Wisconsin ginseng growers. There are approximately 180 ginseng growers in the state. The GBW is funded through a mandatory assessment of ginseng acreage under shade. The GBW is managed by an elected board of seven ginseng producers. The board functions under a marketing order managed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection. Its purpose is research, national and international marketing, new product development, and education.

Wisconsin ginseng is known as the highest-quality Panax quinquefolius in the world and has the reputation for the best quality in the world. Wisconsin is number one in the United States in the production of ginseng, accounting for about 90 to 95 percent of all ginseng produced in the country, and Marathon County is the top ginseng growing county in the state, producing about 95 percent of Wisconsin’s annual crop.


Jackie Fett, Executive/Marketing Director | Ginseng Board of Wisconsin Phone: 715-443-2444 | Email: jackie@ginsengboard.com


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