Can I use an off-site storage facility to store and distribute my products?

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Yes, you can use off-site storage facilities to store and distribute your products without having that location inspected or certified. Off-site storage facilities and distribution centers are not required to be certified as long as the products are packaged or otherwise enclosed in a container prior to being received or acquired. The product must remain in the same package and may not be relabeled, repacked, or processed in any way (including icing, ethylene, or controlled atmosphere) while in the control of the storage operation. The storage facility is required to protect organic products from any sort of contamination or commingling while in storage. Any storage facility used to store organic products while unsealed or in permeable packaging must complete an Uncertified Handler Affidavit as part of your Organic System Plan.