Written by Jon Knapp
on Monday, October 6, 2014
on events, food safety, get certification help, NOSB
October is full of events to help you grow your business. CCOF hopes you can attend and looks forward to meeting with you while we are on the road.
The Western Organic Dairy Producers Association (WODPA) will be hosting the 2014 WODPA Conference in Rohnert Park, CA from October 14-15. CCOF will have a table at this year’s event, so come see us!
GLOBALG.A.P. is offering a Crops Workshop and exam re-takes October 15-16 in conjunction with the PMA Fresh Summit 2014 in Anaheim, CA. If you are planning on attending PMA 2014, make sure you look into this workshop, as it provides an excellent...
Written by Robin Boyle
on Friday, September 19, 2014
on food safety, policy
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued updates to four proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA is accepting comments on the updates now through December.
The updated rules include significant changes, such as:
revised water testing standards,
deferred manure treatment standards, and
a more collaborative approach to regulating parts of mixed-type facilities — e.g. operations that grow, pack, and/or process on the farm.
FDA issued the updated rules after receiving extensive public comments and information on the originally proposed rules, which the...
Written by Jake Lewin
on Friday, January 3, 2014
on certification process, farming: materials and inputs, food safety, inputs, materials, materials and inputs, MyCCOF, services
Our efforts to reduce paperwork, simplify certification, and provide benefits to our members continue in 2014! We are pleased to present three important new tools built to meet your needs: our new online Materials Search, expansion of MyCCOF: Supplier Management, and field-level food safety certification.
MyCCOF: Materials Search – Viva La Revolution!
The CCOF materials revolution continues in January 2014 with a bold new offering free for all CCOF certified members.
After changing how materials are managed and providing better, faster reviews, we have taken the next step. All CCOF internally...
Written by Jessy Beckett
on Thursday, August 8, 2013
on advocacy, food safety, policy
For those of you who haven’t yet had the chance to comment on the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that is currently being developed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you now have a little more time! Today, the FDA extended the public comment period from September 16 to a final deadline of November 15.
The Food Safety Modernization Act is legislation passed in early 2011 in response to various food safety scares. It will affect both farming and processing operations in a variety of ways. For a detailed analysis of how the FSMA may apply to your business, please check out the...
Written by Brise Tencer
on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
on advocacy, food safety, grower, handler, standards
The FDA has extended the comment period on the proposed food safety regulations until September 16. This change was made as a result of numerous requests for more time to review the proposals, which are complex. The additional time offers CCOF members an opportunity to provide more feedback about the proposals, areas for concerns, or suggested changes. We encourage you to continue sending us your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I wanted to take this opportunity to update CCOF members on the FDA proposed rules for implementation of the Food Safety...
Written by Robin Allan Foster
on Tuesday, April 9, 2013
on food safety, services
Food safety continues to be a hot topic for consumers and producers alike. The passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and recent release of the proposed FSMA rules by the FDA raise important questions to CCOF members. While FSMA provides a structure for a new system of food safety verification, the entrance of the federal government into the fray has created additional questions about how the program will be implemented.
Many farmers and processors are already being asked to be certified to one of the existing third party food safety standards by their retail buyers such as...
Written by Brise Tencer
on Tuesday, January 8, 2013
on advocacy, food safety, policy, standards
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released two proposed rules for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law on January 4, 2011. One of the rules is about produce safety and other is about processing. Both rules have 120-day comment periods. Additional rules related to implementation of FSMA are expected.
The proposed Produce Safety Rule would establish standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce on domestic and foreign farms in light of identified routes of microbial contamination of produce, including agricultural water;...