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Made With Organic*** Labeling Final Guidance

Final guidance regarding products in the “Made with Organic***” category was finalized May 2, 2014. The guidance addresses a variety of labeling options and questions about how this labeling category is referenced on product labels. The guidance largely aligns with existing CCOF approvals. If you are designing a new creative label in this category, we recommend reviewing this guidance document first.

New Labeling and Logos Resource Page

We recently compiled our labeling resources and logo information in to one easy-to-find location. Our new Labeling and Logos page includes key information about designing labels and using the CCOF, USDA, and various foreign market organic seals and logos. There are helpful labeling flyers that can be downloaded and referenced at any time.

NOP Gives Two Year Extension on "Certified Organic By CCOF" Placement Label Changes

In October 2012 CCOF notified clients that all package labels for organic products must state "Certified Organic by CCOF" BELOW the name and contact information for your operation. The deadline for changing labels that do not comply was January 1, 2014. This deadline has been extended to January 1, 2016.

If the statement "Certified Organic by CCOF" is anywhere else on your label, such as next to your company name, above it, near it, etc., you will need to change your labels by January 1, 2016.

NOP Organic Integrity Quarterly Newsletter

The NOP’s latest Organic Integrity Quarterly Insider includes interesting articles about rulemaking issues and activities of the National Organic Program. This edition includes information about certified and noncertified entities using the USDA seal, and the how to maintain the integrity of the seal.

NOP Strengthens Organic Standards

On August 14, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) published instruction 4012 “Use of Brand or Company Names Containing the Word ‘Organic’.” This instruction document is directed at certifiers and clarifies an area of potential confusion while indicating the NOP’s expectations and standards interpretations regarding product labeling.

New CCOF Certification Seal Highlights Non-GMO Status of Organic Food

Organic is the Champion of Non-GMO: New Label Option Offers Clarity

(March 2, 2015) Santa Cruz, CA – CCOF—the nation’s leader in organic certification, advocacy, and education—offers a new “Non-GMO & More” seal for its certified members. The seal underscores the prohibition of the use of GMOs in organic production and recognizes the many contributions of organic to a healthier world.

Federal GMO Labeling Bill Introduced

Last week Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Republican Pat Roberts of Kansas and ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan introduced a federal GMO labeling bill. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) worked closely on the bill and released a statement outlining its position in support.

CCOF has not taken a position on the bill, and we are monitoring its progress closely.

GMO Labeling of Organic Products Takes a Step Forward

For years, the Organic Trade Association has supported efforts to bring federal mandatory GMO labeling to the United States. Senators Roberts and Stabenow have introduced a federal labeling bill that not only requires disclosure of GMO ingredients, but also includes important provisions that are excellent for organic farmers and food makers – and for the millions of consumers who choose organic every day - because they recognize, unequivocally, that USDA Certified Organic products qualify for non-GMO claims in the market place.

Non-GMO Label Allowed for Organic Meat and Poultry Products

The federal agency in charge of the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products recently implemented a procedure that allows labels for certified organic meat and poultry products to include a “Non-Genetically Engineered” statement.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)—a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—unveiled a 3-step procedure for the labels earlier this year.

When it Comes to Promoting Your CCOF Certification… Think About the Outside of the Box

As an organic grower, you have worked hard to achieve your organic certification. Don’t you think you should take every opportunity to let your community and customers know that you are CCOF certified? Here are a few easy steps to take to promote your certified status:

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