Why is CCOF offering food safety certification at all?

Many farmers and processors are already being asked to be certified to one of the existing third party food safety standards by retail buyers like Costco or Walmart. We anticipate that the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules will mean more companies will be pursuing food safety assessment and/or certification. Even if law does not require it, assessment and/or certification may be required in order for farmers and processors to be able to sell their product! We at CCOF have heard loud and clear from our producer members that they want to comply with the requirements of FSMA but are concerned about the cost, time, and paperwork burden of dealing with another certification program. Our board of directors has asked us to explore the options of offering a food safety certification program in conjunction with our organic certification. We believe that CCOF could offer a food safety certification program with high integrity for organic producers that not only respects and encourages organic systems, but also streamlines the paperwork and inspection process. Our mission is to certify, educate, advocate, and promote organic.