You must protect organic integrity during receiving, storage, processing, packaging, and transportation. Many certified operations process both organic and non-organic products without any difficulty. These operations are referred to as “mixed” operations. Mixed operations are responsible for protecting organic ingredients and products throughout production. This is done by preventing commingling of organic and nonorganic ingredients and contamination of organic ingredients with prohibited sanitizers, processing aids, and pest control materials.
CCOF’s H4.0 Organic Practices form asks specific questions about how you will protect organic integrity. This is often accomplished by separate storage shelving or storage rooms, clear signage, labels, cleaning records, and other system-level approaches in the facility. Some operations do a thorough cleaning or purging in between runs or have dedicated organic runs prior to non-organic.