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Written by Robin Allan Foster
on Tuesday, April 9, 2013
on food safety
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...
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Written by Jake Lewin
on Thursday, February 21, 2013
On January 28, CCOF Certification Services achieved a huge milestone by tripling our front line phone service. As we’ve reported previously and talked about in the CCOF blog, CCOF has digitized about 1 million pages of our client files. This means that we are no longer making copies of files for inspectors and your OSP is available in real-time online. The time, energy, and postage we’re saving from no longer building physical inspection packages are now directed towards three additional staff members available to answer your incoming phone calls. These staff members are trained to help you,...
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Written by Cathy Calfo
on Thursday, January 10, 2013
, genetic engineering
It's a New Year!
Our first CCOF staff meeting of the new year began with sharing personal resolutions and words of wisdom with each other. Our vows to get in better shape, be more present, and take on new challenges match well with CCOF’s organizational goals:
Provide more personalized certification services (faster, less paper).
Talk directly to local congressional offices for action on a new U.S. farm bill and investment in organic. While averting the fiscal cliff, Congress eliminated nearly all farm bill support for organic agriculture.
Remind our friends and neighbors to say “No” to GMOs...
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Written by Jake Lewin
on Monday, November 12, 2012
, materials and inputs
From livestock to residues, unannounced inspections, and materials, CCOF is always trying to stay ahead of the curve.
Have you heard about our Livestock Unannounced Compliance Initiative? The “LUCI” program was launched the 2008. This innovative program is leading U.S. organic certifiers in their approach to organic dairy inspections. In fact, the National Organic Program liked it so much that they asked CCOF to write about it for the April/May 2011 National Organic Program newsletter; check out page five.
The LUCI program affirms the value of organic integrity initiatives and has taught us...
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Written by Tina Cosentino
on Friday, June 1, 2012
We served over 150 participants through five educational webinars this spring: Marketing 101, Organic Sales Basics, U.S.-EU Organic Equivalency, and Organic Labeling for processors.
This time we brought more interactivity to these trainings by creating supplementary videos and incorporating special guest speakers. Our Marketing 101 webinar now has a supplementary video featuring 30-year farmers’ market veteran Jeff Larkey of Route One Farms. Filmed from his stand at Santa Cruz’s Westside Farmers’ Market, Jeff shares his expert tips on how to set up a dynamic display to help your produce fly...