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CCOF Approval Requirements for Imported Grain Shipments

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.

Expand Your Market Access and Prepare for the FSMA Produce Safety Rule with CCOF

The berry harvest has started in earnest here on the Central Coast, and some distributors and buyers are asking producers for evidence of a third-party food safety audit. Some are even beginning to ask their suppliers if they are in compliance with the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.  
 

Green Waste Compost Update

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the actions it is taking to address a recent federal court ruling that invalidated the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) guidance titled Allowance of Green Waste in Organic Production Systems (NOP 5016). 

Notice Regarding Certified Livestock Brokers and Organic Slaughter Eligible Animals

To ensure consumer confidence in organic livestock production, CCOF Certification Services is working with other certifiers, including Oregon Tilth, to clarify implementation of the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) Standards as well as additional oversight we are implementing regarding handling organic animals and identification of organic slaughter eligible animals.
 

Submit Your Comment to NOP on Percentage of Organic Ingredients

Tell the National Organic Program (NOP) how significant proposed changes to calculating the percentage of organic ingredients could affect your products.

NOP has issued a draft guidance "Calculating the Percentage of Organic Ingredients in Multi-Ingredient Products (NOP 5037)" that is available for public comment through February 6, 2017.

Animal Welfare Comment Period Closed

USDA has closed the comment period for the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule, which would strengthen and expand organic standards for animal welfare. CCOF submitted a comment  that explained the negative impacts to the organic community if the rule was further delayed, modified, suspended, or withdrawn, and called for the rule to be implemented.
 

Apply for Environmental Seat on NOSB

USDA is accepting nominations for the environmental seat on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Eligible candidates must have environmental protection and resource conservation backgrounds. The deadline to submit nominations is August 7, 2017.
 

Asian Citrus Psyllid Concerns

Understandably, organic growers are concerned about the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), a pest that is a carrier of a devastating disease of citrus trees, huanglongbing (HLB). ACP findings are particularly concerning for organic producers because of how few choices there are for organic control methods. In cases of CDFA eradication efforts, there are no currently accepted organic treatments, but organic producers do have tools for management and prevention. 

Bill to Expand Overtime Pay for California’s Farm Workers

AB 1066, the Phase-in Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016, is a bill authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) that would set new overtime pay requirements for California farm workers.

Call for Applications to the California Cannabis Advisory Committee

The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMCR) is now accepting applications for the Cannabis Advisory Committee.

Applications are available online.

The committee will advise the BMCR, California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, and California Department of Public Heath’s Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety on both the medical and adult recreational use of cannabis.

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