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Comment Period Open for NOP Draft Guidance on Calculating the Percentage of Organic Ingredients

The National Organic Program has issued a draft guidance "Calculating the Percentage of Organic Ingredients in Multi-Ingredient Products (NOP 5037)" that is available for public comment through February 6, 2017.

Although the USDA organic regulations establish labeling categories for organic products based on the percentage of organic ingredients in the product, certifying agents have interpreted the requirements for calculating the percent of organic ingredients differently.

Comment Periods Extended for Draft Guidance and Sunset 2017 Changes

The National Organic Program announced that two comment periods have been extended.

Congressional DARK Act Supporters Undermine GMO Labeling Efforts

In July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would stop all state and local regulation of foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), including GMO labeling requirements. The vote was 275 in favor and 150 opposed.

The bill, dubbed the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act, was widely seen as an effort to undermine state-level labeling of GMO foods. CCOF wrote letters to representatives who voted on both sides of the issue, praising those who voted against it and expressing disappointment toward those who supported it.

Congressman LaMalfa to Host Town Hall in Redding

Congressman Doug LaMalfa of California’s 1st district will host a town hall meeting in Redding, California on April 19, 2017.

California’s 1st district is comprised of Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, and Tehama counties, and portions of CCOF’s North Valley and Sierra Gold chapters.

COPAC Welcomes Newest Members and Chair

On January 26, the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) held its first meeting of the year where it welcomed six new committee members and elected Mindee Jeffery of Good Earth Natural Food as committee chair.

DARK Act Update

The DARK Act, a bill that would preempt states’ rights to require labels on foods made of or containing genetically modified (GM) crops, is slowly working its way through the federal legislative system.

Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last year, the Pompeo Act, unofficially known as the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act, is scheduled for introduction to the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee this week. The Ag Committee will review the bill and vote on whether to forward it to the full Senate for consideration.

Deadline Approaching – Give your feedback to NOSB today!

Don’t miss out! Submit your feedback to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) before the October 8th deadline. The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)* will meet October 26-29 in Stowe, Vermont, to review organic materials and standards. The long list of materials up for review by NOSB during this meeting includes humic acids, parasiticides, and colors used in processing. Your operation may be affected!

To advocate on your behalf, CCOF will submit comments on materials and standards. . .

Deadline Approaching – Give Your Feedback to NOSB Today!

Don’t miss out! Submit your feedback to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)1 before the April 14 deadline.

NOSB will meet April 25-27 in Washington, D.C. to review organic materials and standards. During the April meeting, NOSB will review numerous materials, including copper sulfate used in organic rice production and carrageenan used in organic processing. Your operation may be affected!

Deadline Extended for Comment on Proposed Regulations for Pesticide Use Near Schools

The deadline to comment on the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) proposed rules on pesticide applications near schools has been extended to December 9, 2016.

Direct Marketing Gets a Face Lift in California

This article appeared in the Spring 2013 edition of Certified Organic magazine.

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