Changes to Requirements for Organic Package Labels

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Date Published: 
October 22, 2012

A recently released NOP notice may require you to take action! Please review the labeling changes carefully and contact us at 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.

If the statement “Certified Organic by CCOF” is located elsewhere on your label (next to your company name, above it, near it, etc.) you will need to change your labels before January 1, 2014.

What Labels are Affected?
This change affects retail labels used on packaged products labeled as "100% organic," "organic," or "Made with organic…". It does not affect labels or language used on unpackaged product in wholesale, bulk, or shipping containers, such as produce boxes.

What Do I Need to Do?
Read the changes to the requirements and Policy Memorandum from the NOP. For help with product labeling, please read our labeling guide and steps to develop compliant labels. CCOF has also created a full support package for Handlers.