The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (also known as the 2018 Farm Bill) legalized hemp and hemp derivatives with <0.3% dry weight THC content. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to answer questions about the science, safety, and quality of products containing cannabis-derived compounds, particularly CBD.
The Organic Trade Association asked the United States District Court to rule in its favor on its organic livestock welfare lawsuit against the USDA. In its motion for summary judgment, the trade association stated that USDA acted in an unlawful, arbitrary, and capricious way when it killed new organic livestock standards centered around improving animal care and welfare.
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) inspections started this year for large produce farms in California and across the United States. Smaller produce farms will be subject to FSMA inspections in coming years.
Dear CCOF Member,
Transparency. Respect. The democratic process. We read these values out loud at every CCOF governance meeting, staff meeting, chapter meeting, and annual meeting. We remind ourselves of these values throughout the year because it takes diverse perspectives and collaboration to create a world where organic is the norm.
The National Organic Program requires that producers search for organic strawberry starts prior to using non-organic starts. CCOF is aware that organic strawberry starts are commercially available from Innovative Organic Nursery.
This notice has been replaced by the policy announced on April 19, 2021. Learn more.
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.
This year, CCOF is working with clients, the National Organic Program (NOP), and others to improve organic standards in a variety of ways. In addition to an ongoing focus on natural resources, we are working to improve a variety of areas to maximize confidence and ensure a level playing field for everyone. We will achieve this by a combination of focused inspections, testing, and modifications to systems or requirements. Our goal is to communicate with affected parties and give reasonable time frames for transition wherever warranted.