labeling and packaging

NOP Gives Two Year Extension on "Certified Organic By CCOF" Placement Label Changes

In October 2012 CCOF notified clients that all package labels for organic products must state "Certified Organic by CCOF" BELOW the name and contact information for your operation. The deadline for changing labels that do not comply was January 1, 2014. This deadline has been extended to January 1, 2016.

If the statement "Certified Organic by CCOF" is anywhere else on your label, such as next to your company name, above it, near it, etc., you will need to change your labels by January 1, 2016.

New Labeling and Logos Resource Page

We recently compiled our labeling resources and logo information in to one easy-to-find location. Our new Labeling and Logos page includes key information about designing labels and using the CCOF, USDA, and various foreign market organic seals and logos. There are helpful labeling flyers that can be downloaded and referenced at any time.

New CCOF Certification Seal Highlights Non-GMO Status of Organic Food

Organic is the Champion of Non-GMO: New Label Option Offers Clarity

(March 2, 2015) Santa Cruz, CA – CCOF—the nation’s leader in organic certification, advocacy, and education—offers a new “Non-GMO & More” seal for its certified members. The seal underscores the prohibition of GMOs in organic and recognizes the many contributions of organic to a healthier world.

Non-GMO Label Allowed for Organic Meat and Poultry Products

The federal agency in charge of the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products recently implemented a procedure that allows labels for certified organic meat and poultry products to include a “Non-Genetically Engineered” statement.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)—a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—unveiled a 3-step procedure for the labels earlier this year.

NOP Strengthens Organic Standards

On August 14, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) published instruction 4012 “Use of Brand or Company Names Containing the Word ‘Organic’.” This instruction document is directed at certifiers and clarifies an area of potential confusion while indicating the NOP’s expectations and standards interpretations regarding product labeling.

Made With Organic*** Labeling Final Guidance

Final guidance regarding products in the “Made with Organic***” category was finalized May 2, 2014. The guidance addresses a variety of labeling options and questions about how this labeling category is referenced on product labels. The guidance largely aligns with existing CCOF approvals. If you are designing a new creative label in this category, we recommend reviewing this guidance document first.

NOP Organic Integrity Quarterly Newsletter

The NOP’s latest Organic Integrity Quarterly Insider includes interesting articles about rulemaking issues and activities of the National Organic Program. This edition includes information about certified and noncertified entities using the USDA seal, and the how to maintain the integrity of the seal.

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