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As CCOF Grows, So Does Our Staff

CCOF has been growing rapidly in 2014. The rate of new applications has been high in addition to many requests for new service, acreage, or products. To ensure ongoing service and to meet your needs we are expanding our certification staff in both our Farm and Processing departments. We are delighted to have found a variety of bright and qualified individuals who will be introduced to you in the coming months. Also, look for new faces at upcoming events.


CCOF Expanding Regional Representation

Did you know that in addition to regional staff located throughout California, CCOF has representatives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Ashville, North Carolina (2 representatives!); Bend, Oregon; and State College, Pennsylvania? These CCOF out-ofstate certification employees will be playing a new role in their local regions to learn about organic matters and represent CCOF.

CCOF Participating in IFT Annual Meeting

CCOF Certification Services President Jake Lewin will be participating in this year’s Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual meeting. Lewin will be a speaker in the "Labeling Products for the Global Organic Market" session, where he will give a review of organic exports under equivalencies and in growing markets.


CCOF Revises Program Manuals

In an effort to improve our materials we have revised all CCOF program and standards manuals. In particular, all clients are strongly encouraged to review the CCOF Certification Services Program Manual. This is your best resource regarding your rights and expectations and CCOF policies. This revision is intended to provide a clearer description of the certification process and costs including one time fees and other policies.


CCOF’s Phone System Improved!

We are very pleased to announce that CCOF has significantly upgraded our phone system to better serve you. As a result, all CCOF extensions have changed to four digits. This means that when you call, you will need to listen closely to the new options.

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.

New Certificates Soon After ALL Inspections

Did you know that all certified CCOF operations remain certified until their certification is formally withdrawn, suspended, or revoked? Did you know that you can have a new copy of your certificate — effectively a federal license — at any time? It’s true. You are certified and you can have a new certificate at any time. During the recent membership survey it came to our attention that waiting for new certificates is a challenge and creates unnecessary stress for some operations.

New Certification Staff to Serve You

Organic agriculture and processing has continued to grow rapidly throughout 2015, resulting in record-breaking numbers of new operations and new requests from certified operations to add additional services, acreages, products, and more. CCOF is excited to be a part of this growth, and has responded to the additional workload by hiring more staff throughout the year.

New Director of Farm Programs Certification

CCOF Certification Services is pleased to announce the promotion of Amy Lamendella to the position of Director of Farm Programs Certification. In this role Amy will oversee all CCOF farm and livestock services, as well as the field-level food safety programs for CCOF’s 2,000 farms and ranches. Amy brings a wealth of experience and history with CCOF to this position. She will support CCOF’s ongoing service improvements and paperwork reduction initiatives.


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