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Non-organic breeder stock must be managed organically during the last third of gestation when the offspring are to be raised as organic livestock. They must also be managed organically while lactating and providing milk to their offspring. During other times, non-organic breeder stock does not need to be managed in accordance with organic standards.
If organic and non-organic animals are pastured in the same field, they must be clearly identified in a manner that will prevent commingling of the final organic product (meat, milk, etc.).
No, once an organic animal is treated with any prohibited material, including antibiotics, it can never be brought back to organic production. Any animal treated with antibiotics will lose its organic status and can never return to organic production, even if the animal is managed organically and remains on the organic farm. You must ensure that animals treated with prohibited materials,...
Yes! The use of compost is encouraged. The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) both maintain lists of approved compost suppliers. You can also use...
CCOF provides organic certification only for crops and products made from them. We do not certify farm inputs and non-organic processing aids. Inputs and processing aids are reviewed and listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)  and the Washington State Department of...
Si, el USDA requiere que reporte todos los materiales que usa, incluso los fertilizantes, los materiales de manejo de plagas, ayudas de procesamiento, materiales del cuidado de salud de ganado, y otros materiales. Es fácil ver los materiales aprobados para su operación en la Lista de Materiales en su Plan del Sistema Orgánico (OSP).    Puede ver e imprimir su Lista de Materiales de OSP en...
You may only use products that are certified organic, OMRI or WSDA-listed, or approved by CCOF. If you wish to use any product that is not certified organic or OMRI or WSDA approved, you must receive CCOF approval prior to use. You should always ensure that your approved list of materials, also known as your Organic System Plan (OSP) Materials List, includes all products you use or plan to use....
The National Organic Program (NOP) outlines a specific order of pest control methods in areas where organic products are processed, handled, or stored. First use preventative measures, such as good sanitation, then mechanical measures, such as mechanical, sticky, or pheromone traps. If preventative and mechanical measures do not adequately control pests, you may use NOP allowed materials from...
Most materials containing inert ingredients do not specify which list these ingredients are on. Organic production allows only EPA List 4 synthetic inerts in pesticides. Verification from the manufacturer that synthetic inert ingredients, contained in pesticides, are on List 4 is needed to demonstrate compliance. Often times manufacturers are unwilling to disclose the identity of inerts, but may...
Yes! We maintain a list of organic consultants and organic agricultural advisors who are available to assist with certification and regulatory compliance issues. We understand that choosing materials appropriate for your specific situation can be challenging. Our staff is available to verify if a specific material is...
Under the NOP there are specific requirements for the use of raw manure. Raw animal manure must be composted unless it is: Applied to land used for a crop not intended for human consumption. Incorporated into the soil no less than 120 days prior to the harvest of a product whose edible portion has direct contact with the soil surface or soil particles (such as lettuce). Incorporated into the...
CCOF no puede recomendar ningún limpiador o desinfectante específico. Los procesadores/manejadores pueden utilizar cualquier desinfectante permitido para limpiar superficies en contacto con alimentos siempre y cuando el desinfectante no deje residuos y no entre en contacto con productos orgánicos. Los desinfectantes que tienen contacto con productos orgánicos deben estar en la Lista Nacional (205...
Hacemos que sea fácil para nuestros clientes averiguar si se permite un material en su granja. Puede usar los productos OMRI y WSDA siempre y cuando cumplan las restricciones aplicables. ¿Desea utilizar un material que no está en la lista de OMRI o WSDA? Revisaremos cualquier material no incluido en la lista. Todo lo que necesita hacer es enviar un...
The National List is the definitive source for allowed materials. However, several agencies and organizations create comprehensive lists of brand name products and ingredients that may be used in organic processing. Among them are the...
This list details the most common situations that require organic processors or handlers to send information or documentation to CCOF, and what type of information you'll need to send. Read through this list and contact your Certification Service Specialist with additional questions. Use the Handler OSP Update Guide to ensure...
Potting soil, soil amendments, fertilizers, and pesticides/herbicides are not certified organic. These types of products are “approved for organic production” by agencies like the Organic Materials Review Institute or Washington State Department of Agriculture, who certify products to be allowed for use in organic...
Crops intended for human consumption and whose edible portion has direct contact with the soil surface or soil particles require a 120 day pre-harvest interval (PHI). A 90 day PHI is required for those crops whose edible portion does not come in contact with soil particles (i.e. orchard fruit). How the crop is grown and harvested with regards to soil contact will determine which pre-harvest...