The National Organic Program (NOP) outlines a specific order of pest control methods in areas where organic products are processed, handled, or stored.First use preventative measures such as good sanitation, then mechanical measures, such as mechanical, sticky, or pheromone traps. If preventative and mechanical measures do not adequately control pests, you may use NOP allowed materials... Read more
Yes, restaurants are considered retail food establishments and are excluded from certification but can identify products on their menus as organic without certification. Restaurants must prevent commingling or contamination of organic product/ingredients with prohibited materials such as sanitizers, pest control materials, and non-organic ingredients. Additionally, restaurants need to comply... Read more
No, products that restrict organic claims to the ingredient listing only are exempt from the requirements of certification. However, the manufacturer needs to maintain documentation that the organic ingredients identified are organic and certified according to the regulations. Manufacturers should request and maintain on file current copies of organic certificates for each organic ingredient.... Read more
The National List is the list of non-organic materials you are allowed to use as ingredients, additives, or processing aids in your organic products. For processors this includes materials such as yeast, citric acid, baking soda, diatomaceous earth, and others. Only non-organic ingredients and processing aids included on the National List may be used in and on your products. CCOF must approve... Read more
Products labeled “Made with organic…” may contain up to 30% non-organic ingredients. Non-organic ingredients must either be agricultural or on section 205.605 of the National List. Any nonagricultural ingredient or processing aid that does not appear on section 205.605 is prohibited in all organic products, including those labeled as “... Read more
Any time you are considering a change to your organic production, you must update your Organic System Plan before making any changes and submit the update to firstname.lastname@example.org for review. Updating your OSP before making changes helps your operation avoid a Notice of Noncompliance and possible... Read more
Looking for organic ingredients? You can find the products produced and processed by CCOF members in our searchable online Organic Directory.
The following resources will help guide you in finding other sources of organic ingredients, growers, and manufacturers as well as organic suitable ingredients.
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