food safety

Now is Your Chance to Comment on Food Safety Rules!

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is accepting public comments on its recently updated food safety rules now through December 15. To comment, CCOF highly recommends that you use the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s (NSAC) comment template and instructions.

The updated rules include significant changes, such as:

We’re Hoping to See You at These Upcoming Events!

October is full of events to help you grow your business. CCOF hopes you can attend and looks forward to meeting with you while we are on the road.

FDA Makes Significant Updates to FSMA Rules, Comments Now Open

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued updates to four proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA is accepting comments on the updates now through December.

The updated rules include significant changes, such as:

New Director of Farm Programs Certification

CCOF Certification Services is pleased to announce the promotion of Amy Lamendella to the position of Director of Farm Programs Certification. In this role Amy will oversee all CCOF farm and livestock services, as well as the field-level food safety programs for CCOF’s 2,000 farms and ranches. Amy brings a wealth of experience and history with CCOF to this position. She will support CCOF’s ongoing service improvements and paperwork reduction initiatives.

Be Ready for Anything

Our efforts to reduce paperwork, simplify certification, and provide benefits to our members continue in 2014! We are pleased to present three important new tools built to meet your needs: our new online Materials Search, expansion of MyCCOF: Supplier Management, and field-level food safety certification.

MyCCOF: Materials Search – Viva La Revolution!

The CCOF materials revolution continues in January 2014 with a bold new offering free for all CCOF certified members.

Food Safety Certification - GLOBALG.A.P. for Organic Farms

Food Safety Certification for Your Organic Operation

Many farmers and processors are already being asked to be certified to food safety standards by buyers. We at CCOF have heard loud and clear from our producer members that you want to comply with the requirements of FSMA but are concerned about the cost, time, and paperwork burden of dealing with another certification program or organization.

FDA Comment Period for Proposed Food Safety Regulations Extended until November 15

For those of you who haven’t yet had the chance to comment on the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that is currently being developed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you now have a little more time! Today, the FDA extended the public comment period from September 16 to a final deadline of November 15.

Food Safety and Organic Certification - How Can CCOF Help You?

Food safety continues to be a hot topic for consumers and producers alike. The passing of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and recent release of the proposed FSMA rules by the FDA raise important questions to CCOF members. While FSMA provides a structure for a new system of food safety verification, the entrance of the federal government into the fray has created additional questions about how the program will be implemented.

Update: Your Attendance is Critical at Food Safety Rule Listening Sessions

Update 04/30/13:

The FDA has extended the comment period on the proposed food safety regulations until September 16.  This change was made as a result of numerous requests for more time to review the proposals, which are complex.  The additional time offers CCOF members an opportunity to provide more feedback about the proposals, areas for concerns, or suggested changes. We encourage you to continue sending us your feedback to policy@ccof.org.

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