How do I know if the organic certificate my supplier sent me is valid?

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Response times may be slow due to the wildfires affecting Santa Cruz County and Covid-19. Organic compliance deadlines and inspections will be delayed for businesses affected by these crises. Read the latest updates on the Northern California wildfires, and visit our Covid-19 webpage to find pandemic-specific information »

Los tiempos de respuesta serán lentos debido a los incendios forestales afectando al condado de Santa Cruz y COVID-19. Los plazos de cumplimiento orgánico y las inspecciones se retrasarán para los negocios afectados por estas crisis.  Lea las últimas actualizaciones sobre los incendios forestales del norte de California y visite nuestra página web de Covid-19 para encontrar información específica a la pandemia »

Certificates may only be issued by certifiers that have been accredited by the USDA. To verify if your supplier is certified by an USDA accredited certifier, see the list of accredited certifiers on the National Organic Program website. National Organic Program (NOP) certificates must meet the following requirements:

  • The certificate must have the phrase “NOP” or “USDA organic standards” on it.
  • The certificate should have an inspection date on it from within the last year (this may also be a “last printed” date).
  • The certificate should be accompanied by a “profile” or “summary” listing the crops, products, ingredients, services, or brands covered by the certification. This may include international compliances.
  • Transaction certificates are not an acceptable substitute for a supplier’s organic certificate.