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Actualización sobre el certificado de importación NOP para México y otros países

Los certificados de importación son un requisito común cuando el Programa Nacional Orgánico (NOP) del USDA tiene un acuerdo de equivalencia de estándares orgánicos o está trabajando en alguno.

CCOF Approval Requirements for Imported Grain Shipments

Updated July 17, 2017

On May 11, 2017, CCOF Certification Services notified handlers, importers, and others of new requirements for seeking approval for imported grain shipments. Our goal is to help ensure the integrity of organic trade, which is also shared below.

Additionally, the NOP has recently provided a training and resource list regarding organic integrity in the supply chain.

Certification Requirements for Handling of Unpackaged Feed and Livestock

On January 22, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) published guidance 5031 “Certification Requirements for Handling Unpackaged Organic Products.” This guidance is intended to address the concern that certain products have been moving through unregulated segments of the organic marketing chain.

Contamination Happens–What to Do Next

Operations are not always aware of their options and responsibilities when they suspect that contamination or commingling may have occurred at their operation. Prompt and thorough reporting can help your operation maintain compliance and ensure appropriate measures are taken.

Dairy Grazing Season Clarification

To all CCOF-certified dairy producers,
We appreciate the incredibly hard work and dedication it takes to operate an organic dairy. 

Do You Use or Provide Ripening or CO2 Cooling?

Farmers, do you send your fruit or other products to coolers or storage where it may be treated with an allowed material such as CO2 (marketed as Tectrol®) or ethylene? If so, that facility must be certified organic. Be sure to ask for an organic certificate before sending your crop or product to these facilities.

Handlers, do you treat organic fruit with Tectrol® or ethylene, or any other gasses or substances? If so, you must be certified organic before you receive organic crops or products.

Documenting New and Transitioning Parcels

Operations are required to update their Organic System Plan (OSP) regarding changes that can affect their compliance, such as new land managed by the operation. However, many farms implement transition of conventional ground or begin managing new ground without including it in their OSP or inspections.

All transitioning parcels and new ground should be added to your certification as soon as possible to ensure appropriate inspections and verification of practices, and to alleviate the need for costly, last-minute inspections.

Electrolyzed Water Now Allowed Under NOP

On September 11, 2015 the USDA National Organic Program released a Policy Memo updating the status of electrolyzed water under the USDA NOP regulations. The memo clarifies that hypochlorous acid generated by electrolyzed water systems is a type of chlorine material, and is now allowed to directly contact organic products in wash water, when followed by a fresh water rinse. Check MyCCOF: Materials Search if you’d like to switch to an electrolyzed water system for your produce washing or equipment cleaning.

Focus on Natural Resources and Soil Conservation in 2017

In 2016 the National Organic Program (NOP) issued final guidance 5020 on natural resources, commonly called biodiversity.

CCOF wants to continually improve how we address both natural resources and long-term soil management. To better meet our obligations under the NOP’s guidance, we are taking the following actions:


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