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January 19, 2021

If your operation is sourcing NOP-certified organic ingredients or products from India, you will need to ensure that your supplier or seller is…
October 7, 2020

On November 5, 2020 the National Organic Program (NOP) issued a final rule to allow organic processors to use non-organic tamarind seed gum in…
September 21, 2020

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) has released an official proposed rule for Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE). The proposed changes are…
July 1, 2019

On April 30, 2019, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service published an amendment to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National…
June 6, 2019

Jenny Tucker, the deputy administrator of the USDA National Organic Program, released a policy memo on June 3, 2019 regarding land use history…
March 4, 2019

On December 27, 2018 the National Organic Program (NOP) issued a final rule to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.  The…
February 25, 2019

Hemp has a long history of use in the United States and around the world. However, it has been illegal to grow in the United States for decades…
May 29, 2018

CCOF-certified importers should be prepared to provide detailed information during inspections to ensure that they meet the expectations of NOP…
August 24, 2016

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the actions it is taking to address a recent federal court ruling that invalidated the…
January 15, 2016

The NOP is launching a new database for certified organic operations’ data, called the Organic INTEGRITY Database. The database provides updated…
January 15, 2016

On September 11, 2015 the USDA National Organic Program released a Policy Memo updating the status of electrolyzed water under the USDA NOP…
July 17, 2015

On January 22, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) published guidance 5031 “Certification Requirements for Handling Unpackaged Organic Products…
May 13, 2015

CCOF has recently revised important sections of the CCOF Certification Program Manual. These changes include the following:
May 13, 2015

Effective June 1, 2015, CCOF will require that orchards and other crops no longer utilize intensive grazing within 90 days of harvest of a crop where…
January 5, 2015

CCOF continúa trabajando para obtener la aprobación como una organización de certificación orgánica bajo las nuevas regulaciones de Mexico con Luis…
January 5, 2015

CCOF’s work to obtain approval as a certification body under the new Mexican organic standards continues with the selection of CCOF local…
October 14, 2014

On August 14, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) published instruction 4012 “Use of Brand or Company Names Containing the Word ‘Organic’.” This…
October 13, 2014

On April 25, 2014 the National Organic Program released a proposed guidance document regarding Substances Used in Postharvest Handling of Organic…
June 16, 2014

On Friday, June 13, the National Organic Program announced that the Agricultural Marketing Service and Korea are finalizing an equivalency…
April 10, 2014

Updated May 14, 2014: On February 13, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) released Instruction Document 4009: Who Needs to be Certified, and…
July 11, 2013

On February 28, 2013, the National Organic Program (NOP) issued Guidance Document NOP 5029, "Seeds, Annual Seedlings, and Planting Stock in Organic…
June 14, 2013

In the last six months CCOF has been in an ongoing dialogue with the National Organic Program (NOP) and USDA about issues we see in the certification…
January 28, 2013

In October 2012 CCOF notified clients that all package labels for organic products must state "Certified Organic by CCOF" BELOW the name and contact…
January 23, 2013

Recently, the NOP issued final rules and instructions to certifiers that provide important improvements to certification and require certifiers to…
December 11, 2012

Drought conditions across the United States have had serious impacts on organic livestock producers, both in terms of the ability to graze on…
December 11, 2012

Sodium (Chilean) nitrate is currently allowed for use only so long as it is not more than 20% of the crops total nitrogen needs. This material is…
December 11, 2012

Earlier this year, the National Organic Program published a final rule renewing over 200 listings on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited…
December 11, 2012

A recently released NOP notice may require you to take action! Please review the labeling changes carefully and contact us at ccof@ccof.org or (831)…
April 18, 2012

In the spring 2011 issue of Certified Organic we discussed new instructions from the NOP regarding the release of noncompliance information and…