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July 8, 2019

To ensure continued consumer trust in the integrity of the organic label, CCOF constantly looks for ways to address fraud. One method we began in…
April 22, 2019

Dear CCOF Member, Transparency. Respect. The democratic process. We read these values out loud at every CCOF governance meeting, staff meeting,…
July 2, 2018

To support organic integrity and ensure compliance with the National Organic Standards pasture rule for ruminant animals, CCOF is introducing a new…
July 2, 2018

Due to the strict regulations of organic products in Taiwan, National Organic Program (NOP) certified organic exports to Taiwan may be subject to…
May 29, 2018

CCOF-certified importers should be prepared to provide detailed information during inspections to ensure that they meet the expectations of NOP…
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…
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…
January 18, 2018

CCOF spends many hours investigating complaints and following up on residue results from third parties, such as the USDA, the California Department…
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…
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.
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…
April 6, 2016

In recent years we have seen an increase in the number and complexity of container-based agricultural production systems. These production systems…
January 15, 2016

Updated: April 11, 2016 Field evaluations are required by the National Organic Program (NOP) for all certifiers. As a result, CCOF implemented a…
January 15, 2016

The NOP is launching a new database for certified organic operations’ data, called the Organic INTEGRITY Database. The database provides updated…
July 17, 2015

CCOF has improved our available sample forms with new online Google templates, found at www.ccof.org/documents. You can also make maintaining…
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…
March 30, 2015

Not sure what you should keep for your records? Looking for examples and templates of different record keeping documents? CCOF has a page for…
March 23, 2015

Spring has arrived and Farmers’ Market season is ramping up. In preparation for the season CCOF has updated our Farmers’ Market Best Practices…
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…
June 26, 2014

As described in our blog post “CCOF Focused on Moving Organic Forward”, CCOF will be expanding GMO testing within the Periodic Residue Testing…
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…
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 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

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…