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Changes to Requirements for Organic Package Labels

A recently released NOP notice may require you to take action! Please review the labeling changes carefully and contact us at ccof@ccof.org or (831) 423-2263 if you have questions.

By January 1, 2014, all package labels for organic products must state "Certified Organic by CCOF" BELOW the name and contact information for your operation.

Clarification of the Certification Process

This image appears in the CCOF Certification Program Manual. It helps you understand the certification process and what to expect each year. While we hope to see improvements, simplifications, and refinements in the future, this basic process is likely to remain.

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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. 
 

Emergency Pest Treatment Update & Instructions Provided

As concerns about Asian citrus psyllid have increased, we are making an effort to update our process for addressing mandated applications of prohibited materials due to federal or state emergency pest or disease eradication plans.

CCOF has worked to provide some standards information and established a system for operations to get rapid responses in the case of mandated treatments. Visit our new Emergency Pest or Disease Treatments page for more information, answers, and tools.

Extension Underway for Mexico Organic Standards Implementation Date

The Mexican government recently published a notice of proposed extension for full implementation of the Mexican standards. The proposed extension would delay the standards implementation deadline for organic products imported to Mexico from countries engaged in equivalence discussions, such as the United States. Public comment on the draft notice may be submitted online.

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). 

Huge Changes to EU Equivalency and CCOF International Programs

CCOF EU Standards and GMA Program Webinar: April 19, 2012. Learn about the new agreement, market opportunities, how to save time and money within the GMA program, and the EU market in this helpful webinar.

Important Korea Equivalency Arrangement Update

On Friday, June 13, the National Organic Program announced that the Agricultural Marketing Service and Korea are finalizing an equivalency arrangement for processed food products.

IMPORTANT: New Legal Language in Manual One

Please be aware that effective March 5, 2012, CCOF has modified “CCOF Manual One: A Guide to CCOF Certification” to more clearly define “clients” and provide additional indemnification and limitation of liability clauses. We have also slightly modified the existing section 4.9 Complaint, Investigation, and Adverse Action Fees to include “any contested action” in the costs that clients, applicants, and others are responsible for should CCOF prevail in mediation, dispute, proceeding, or other contested action.

Increasing GMO Testing

As described in our blog post “CCOF Focused on Moving Organic Forward”, CCOF will be expanding GMO testing within the Periodic Residue Testing requirement of NOP 205.670. CCOF firmly believes that organic is non-GMO. In an effort to ensure effective measures are implemented, CCOF will be integrating GMO testing in addition to current pesticide residue testing efforts.

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