I am not an organic operation

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Can I update my online organic directory profile?

We want to help our certified members grow their businesses, and in doing so the organic marketplace. One way we promote our members is by maintaining a searchable online directory of our certified operations. Those looking to find organic products or services can search by keyword, location, or sales method, including Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmers' markets, wholesale, export, and more. Each member has a profile in our directory with a description that you can update.

Can I use a shared commercial kitchen to make my products?

Yes, certified organic operations can use shared commercial kitchens to make their products, but they must certify the kitchen for their own use. In your application – called an Organic System Plan (OSP) – you will explain how you keep your products separate from any non-organic products or materials in the kitchen. You will also describe how organic product contact surfaces and processing equipment are cleaned and sanitized.

Can I use CCOF’s "Non-GMO & More" seal?

If you are certified by CCOF, you can use the “Non-GMO & More” seal.

If used on the same panel with the USDA seal, the USDA seal must appear more prominent. When the horizontal version of the "Non-GMO & More" seal is used, prominence is measured by height, and if the vertical version is used, prominence is measured by width. For additional labeling help visit our Labeling and Logos page.

Can I use the USDA seal on my organic product?

Yes, CCOF certification confers the ability to use either the CCOF seal or the USDA seal (or both) on products sold as “100% Organic” and “Organic.” The USDA seal may not be used on products labeled as “Made with Organic (list of specific ingredients).” USDA National Organic Program standards define the labeling requirements for certified organic products.

Do retailers have to be certified?

No, retail stores are not required to be certified. But they can choose to be in order to provide assurance to customers and go the extra mile to ensure that organic product integrity is maintained.

Does CCOF offer an expedited/rush certification program?

Yes! We understand that you may be pressed for time or require certification by a certain deadline. In these cases, we are pleased to pull out all the stops and provide expedited services that meet your deadline. Please consider our Expedited Certification Program application if you are short on time. In many cases we have reduced the timeline by several weeks and ensured the client's success.

Does CCOF offer Transitional Certification?

Yes, the CCOF Certified Transitional program is for growers who are transitioning their crops and/or land from non-organic to organic. An operation or parcel must be inspected and demonstrate compliance with all certified organic production requirements, except the three-year transition time, to become CCOF Certified Transitional. Farm operations must have completed one year of transition from use of prohibited materials.

Does CCOF organic certification ensure international market access?

Yes, CCOF offers two programs designed to verify your compliance with a variety of international standards, including those for EU member states, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, and others. Which program you should enroll in depends on which markets you are shipping to, and whether your product is shipped from the US or from outside the US.

Does CCOF Perform Pesticide Residue and GMO Testing?

Yes. The Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 requires certification agencies to perform residue testing of organic product. Such testing acts as a deterrent to fraud and helps to prove to organic customers that the standards are upheld and that organic really does mean something. CCOF is granted the authority to collect samples for testing by the National Organic Program regulations section 205.670. Refusing to allow the inspector to take samples for testing may result in adverse action against your certification with CCOF.

Does non-GMO mean GMO-free?

Like other non-GMO verification programs, non-GMO does not mean GMO-free. The phrase “non-GMO” on certified organic products means that, as required by organic standards, the product was produced without the use of GMOs.

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