Strengthening Organic Enforcement USDA Rule

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The Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) Rule is regulation put forth by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) that was published on January 19, 2023.This is the most significant change to the national organic regulations since the creation of the NOP. The rule is intended to safeguard confidence in organic products and minimize fraud throughout the organic supply chain. All operations – including both currently certified and newly impacted uncertified handlers of organic products – must meet all of the requirements in the rule by March 19, 2024. 

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Who will be impacted and how?

Many operations working in the organic industry will be impacted. All operations involved in organic are encouraged to review the regulations. Currently certified operations will be notified of requirements via our newsletter and on their CCOF compliance report.

Review the pages below for key takeaways:

CCOF Resources

Additional Resources