USDA Awards CCOF Certification Services for Contributions to Organic INTEGRITY

(February 7, 2018) Santa Cruz, CA – CCOF Certification Services was honored by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Services (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) with one of the first Investing in INTEGRITY awards. The award recognizes CCOF for its contributions to the Organic INTEGRITY Database and recognizes CCOF’s commitment to providing accurate, timely, and comprehensive data reporting to the INTEGRITY database.
 
CCOF Certification Services, LLC staff with NOP Associate Deputy Administrator Jennifer Tucker. From left to right: Jody Biergiel Colclough, Amber Pool, Jake Lewin, Jennifer Tucker, Sarah Reed, April Crittenden, and Jamie Carr.
 
“CCOF is honored to be one of the six certifiers chosen as first-time recipients of the Investing in INTEGRITY award. By continuing to provide the INTEGRITY database with high quality data, organic certifiers can work together to ensure robust oversight over the entire supply chain and protect consumer confidence in USDA-certified organic products,” said Jake Lewin, President of CCOF Certification Services, LLC.
 
First launched in 2015, INTEGRITY is a database administered by NOP that makes information about certified organic operations available to the public. It includes information such as the size and location of organic operations. INTEGRITY ensures efficient information sharing among USDA-accredited organic certification agencies, NOP, and other relevant state and federal agencies. In turn, INTEGRITY deters fraud, increases transparency throughout the supply chain, and helps increase the market visibility of organic operations.   
 
USDA-accredited organic certification agencies like CCOF assisted in the development of the database and continue to provide ongoing support. CCOF commends its fellow award recipients for their work to promote transparency and collaboration through regular data sharing to the INTEGRITY database.  
 
2018 Investing in INTEGRITY award recipients include the following:
  • CCOF 
  • Marin Organic Certified Agriculture 
  • New Jersey Department of Agriculture
  • NOFA-NY: Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York
  • OneCert, Inc.
  • Oregon Tilth
 
About CCOF
CCOF advances organic agriculture for a healthy world. We advocate on behalf of our members for organic policies, support the growth of organic through education and grants, and provide organic certification that is personal and accessible.
 
CCOF is a nonprofit organization governed by the people who grow and make our food. Founded in California more than 40 years ago, today our roots span the breadth of North America and our presence is internationally recognized. We are supported by an organic family of farmers, ranchers, processors, retailers, consumers, and policymakers. Together, we work to realize a future where organic is the norm.
 
For more information about CCOF, visit www.ccof.org.
 
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Author contact information: 

CCOF
2155 Delaware Ave., Suite 150
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-2263
pnell@ccof.org

Author: 
Peter Nell, CCOF Policy Assistant