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Update on Allowance of Sodium Nitrate for Crop Production

Sodium (Chilean) nitrate is currently allowed for use only so long as it is not more than 20% of the crops total nitrogen needs. This material is scheduled to sunset (come off) the list of prohibited natural materials in October. The National Organic Standards Board has recommended that it be relisted as completely prohibited; however, proposed rulemaking has not yet occurred, meaning that final rulemaking will not be achieved before the October deadline. The material will then come off the list and will be allowed without a specific restriction on quantity.

Updates to National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances

Earlier this year, the National Organic Program published a final rule renewing over 200 listings on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances that were scheduled to expire this year. The rule also made changes to the substances listed below. CCOF has contacted affected clients directly; however, if you use any of the materials listed below and have additional questions, please contact us.

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.

Certification Requirements for Handling of Unpackaged Feed and Livestock

On January 22, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) published guidance 5031 “Certification Requirements for Handling Unpackaged Organic Products.” This guidance is intended to address the concern that certain products have been moving through unregulated segments of the organic marketing chain.

Changes to Requirements for Organic Package Labels

A recently released NOP notice may require you to take action! Please review the labeling changes carefully and contact us at ccof@ccof.org or (831) 423-2263 if you have questions.

By January 1, 2014, all package labels for organic products must state "Certified Organic by CCOF" BELOW the name and contact information for your operation.

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Important Korea Equivalency Arrangement Update

On Friday, June 13, the National Organic Program announced that the Agricultural Marketing Service and Korea are finalizing an equivalency arrangement for processed food products.

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.

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