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Help Shape Organic Standards!

Now is the time to share your story and help shape the future of organic. Two times a year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites all members of the public to submit comments on what the organic standards should include and exclude.  

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)—a committee of certified organic farmers, processors, and other representatives—review the public comments. Then, the NOSB recommends changes and adjustments to the USDA.    

Integrate Organic Practices Across Your Organization!

Organic Education Solutions has teamed up with CCOF to offer the Keep It Organic DVD in our store.

The Keep It Organic DVD was developed by experienced organic industry experts at Organic Education Solutions to help companies improve their organic training program and compliance to the organic regulations and company SOPs.

Last Chance to Comment to Protect Organic Animal Welfare Standards

The comment period on USDA’s proposal to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule (OLPP) ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on January 17, 2018. 
 
 

Mexico Program Update

Mexico’s organic sector continues to evolve and grow. CCOF recently attended a meeting for organic certifiers approved by the Mexican government to certify to Mexico’s organic standards (LPO). The meeting was held in Oaxaca by SENASICA/SAGARPA, the agencies that oversee the Mexican organic program. Operations enrolled in the CCOF Mexico Compliance Program should be aware of the following updates:

NOP Proposes Updates to 17 Substances and 16 New Substances to National List

USDA proposed new updates to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) that include 29 recommendations on 35 substances from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). NOSB evaluates substances on the National List every five years to confirm that each substance continues to meet the required criteria for its allowance or prohibition.

NOP Responds to Spring 2017 NOSB Recommendations

The National Organic Program (NOP) has issued a memorandum in response to the National Organic Standards Board’s (NOSB) recommendations made at its spring 2017 meeting. 
 

NOSB Released Fall Meeting Proposals & Discussion Documents

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has released the meeting materials for their upcoming fall meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. 
 
NOSB will discuss:
  • Compliance, Accreditation, & Certification Subcommittee:

Organic Milk IS Organic

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An article published in many online newspapers on March 20 exemplifies how misinformation about the organic label can spread quickly. In the article, titled "How California’s drought is changing organic milk and honey", Hoda Emam begins by saying "the milk you think is organic, isn’t. Not really." Ms.

Organic Trade Association Seeks Court Hearing in Animal Welfare Standards Lawsuit

The Organic Trade Association wants its day in court. The association on Wednesday requested that oral arguments be heard on its lawsuit against the USDA over the department's failure to put into effect new organic livestock standards. The request comes as the case is gaining significant momentum and as more organic businesses and stakeholders take action and speak out in support of the lawsuit.
 

OTA Releases Full Page Ad in Response to False Claims About Organic

Ask Me About What's Not in Organic
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) placed a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal last week that lists hundreds of chemicals and processes used in conventional food production that are prohibited in organic.

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