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In the simplest terms, certification involves an application, review, inspection, compliance with any standards issues, and, finally, certification. The detailed steps to organic certification are outlined for you. How the process works: In your…
We have heard loud and clear from our members that they want to comply with the requirements of FSMA and their buyers, but are concerned about the cost, time, and paperwork burden of dealing with another certification program. In addition, organic producers need a food safety program that works in harmony with the USDA NOP requirements. We see the value in offering a food safety certification…
Certification typically requires up to 12 weeks; less for special cases. We generally recommend that you begin the process at least 90 days before harvest or launch of your organic line. The length of time depends on a number of factors: How complete the application is when submitted The complexity of your operation How quickly you respond to any requests for information that arise during the…
Question Answer Should I notify CCOF if my business ownership or name has changed? Yes, you must notify CCOF of changes to your business ownership, business name, Tax ID, or business structure. Submit the Business Change Application. The Business Change Application will be your new application for…
The main benefit of organic certification for retail food stores is bringing confidence to consumers that the organic integrity of the products they buy extend from the seeds used to grow their food to their shopping basket. Consumers want to know the store where they shop cares enough to go the extra mile to provide them that assurance of organic integrity. Apply for…
The following individuals and businesses operating in the state of California must annually register with the State Organic Program: Every person engaged in the production, handling, or processing of raw agricultural products sold as organic Retailers that are engaged in the production of products sold as organic Retailers that are engaged in the processing, as defined by the NOP, of products…
There are dozens of reasons to choose CCOF for your organic certification. Learn why CCOF should be your choice for certification or browse our website for more information.