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July 21, 2020

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (also known as the 2018 Farm Bill) legalized hemp and hemp derivatives with <0.3% dry weight THC content.…
June 29, 2020

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has clarified their import policy for USDA certified organic products traded under the United States-…
March 9, 2020

As of March 1, 2020, only action items that require a direct response are available in MyCCOF Action Item Tracker (Tracker). This change has been…
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…
July 16, 2018

All members can generate a current Compliance Report in MyCCOF at any time to clarify any outstanding items and deadlines. Now, after two years of…
June 11, 2018

If you process products for a Private Label Owner or use a CCOF Certified Co-Packer to process your certified organic products, take a look at our…
April 10, 2018

Without the additional oversight provided by the certification process, uncertified handlers are a source of potential fraud in the organic supply…
April 10, 2018

As organic operations and the internet have matured, we are now faced with many businesses that have a website or whose entire sales and marketing…
February 26, 2018

During material re-reviews, CCOF may not be able to determine the status of a material. Often this is because the manufacturer is unresponsive or the…
January 18, 2018

Service providers such as nut hullers and coolers are a critical part of the organic supply chain, ensuring that organic producers have certified…
September 5, 2017

This is advance notification of an update that will print in our next magazine. Additionally, an action item will appear for all potentially affected…
August 7, 2017

Effective August 9, 2017, the fee for adding a new product or service will increase to $75 per item. The fee for use of CCOF’s name and seal on a non…
July 17, 2017

As various states decriminalize or approve both medicinal or recreational cannabis, CCOF Certification Services is frequently asked to help ensure…
May 15, 2017

This notice has been replaced by the policy announced on April 19, 2021. Learn more. On May 11, 2017, CCOF Certification Services notified handlers…
May 15, 2017

To all CCOF-certified dairy producers,   We appreciate the incredibly hard work and dedication it takes to operate an organic dairy.    Many of…
April 7, 2017

In 2016 the National Organic Program (NOP) issued final guidance 5020 on natural resources, commonly called biodiversity.
February 7, 2017

This year, CCOF is working with clients, the National Organic Program (NOP), and others to improve organic standards in a variety of ways. In…
January 23, 2017

Organic import (export) certificates are often required to accompany shipments of organic products to and from nations where the United States…
January 23, 2017

Los certificados de importación son un requisito común cuando el Programa Nacional Orgánico (NOP) del USDA tiene un acuerdo de equivalencia de…
October 5, 2016

Operations are not always aware of their options and responsibilities when they suspect that contamination or commingling may have occurred at their…
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…
October 1, 2015

Farmers, do you send your fruit or other products to coolers or storage where it may be treated with an allowed material such as CO2 (marketed as…
July 17, 2015

On January 22, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) published guidance 5031 “Certification Requirements for Handling Unpackaged Organic Products…
July 17, 2015

Operations are required to update their Organic System Plan (OSP) regarding changes that can affect their compliance, such as new land managed by the…
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…