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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.

Program Manual Updates

CCOF has recently revised important sections of the CCOF Certification Program Manual. These changes include the following:

Intensive Grazing Prior to Harvest Intervals

Effective June 1, 2015, CCOF will require that orchards and other crops no longer utilize intensive grazing within 90 days of harvest of a crop where the edible portion does not touch soil or soil particles. This interpretation of existing raw manure restrictions is being phased in during 2015—with an expectation that growers update their practices and organic system plans by June 1, 2015—to ensure compliance during the 2015 production year and beyond.

Public Comments for Spring NOSB Meeting in La Jolla, CA

The spring 2015 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting will be held April 27-30 in La Jolla, California. All CCOF members are encouraged to attend! This biannual meeting impacts what materials are allowed for use in organic production. After reviewing public comment and hearing testimony at the meeting, NOSB will make recommendations on standards and materials to the National Organic Program (NOP).

It's Time to Share Your Story Again!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced its draft agenda for the spring 2015 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting to be held in La Jolla, California at the end of April.

NOP Guidance on Biodiversity and Natural Resources Open for Comment

The National Organic Program (NOP) issued a draft guidance to clarify biodiversity and natural resources requirements. The Draft Guidance, “Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation for Certified Organic Operations,” is open for comment now through February 27, 2015.

CCOF Invests in Mexico Operations

CCOF’s work to obtain approval as a certification body under the new Mexican organic standards continues with the selection of CCOF local representative, Luis Lopez in Guadalajara, Mexico. CCOF boards have also approved the formation of CCOF Servicios de Certificación S. de R.L. de C.V. to meet the needs of CCOF operations based in Mexico. CCOF’s Spanish language services and documents will also soon expand to include processor/handler operations and Organic System Plans.

CCOF Invierte en Empresas en México

CCOF continúa trabajando para obtener la aprobación como una organización de certificación orgánica bajo las nuevas regulaciones de Mexico con Luis López como representante local de CCOF, ubicado en Guadalajara, México. Además, la junta directiva de CCOF ha aprobado la formación de una sociedad, CCOF Servicios de Certificación S. de R.L. de C.V., para satisfacer las necesidades de las empresas de CCOF establecidas en México.

CCOF Comments on Organic Standards

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet October 28-30 in Louisville, Kentucky to review organic standards and to determine what recommendations it will make to the National Organic Program (NOP) for future rulemaking.

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.

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