food safety

USDA Finalizes GMO Labeling Rules

The USDA released its final rule for labeling genetically modified (GM) foods in December, two-and-a-half years after Congress passed a federal labeling law.

In a significant win for organic, all certified organic products, including the label categories “100% Organic”, “Organic”, and “Made with Organic” are exempt from the labeling requirement. The exemption does not apply to products with less than 70 percent organically produced ingredients.

Last Week to Purchase Tickets for the FSMA Workshop for Produce Growers in Pacific Grove, CA

Tickets for the CCOF Foundation food safety workshops in Pacific Grove, CA are going fast. While our workshop in English has sold out, there is still space left in our Spanish food safety workshop. Hosted on January 23 in conjunction with the 2019 EcoFarm Conference, the workshop meets the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training requirement for produce growers.

Last Chance to Attend CCOF Foundation Hosted FSMA Food Safety Workshops

Join the CCOF Foundation on January 23, 2019 in Pacific Grove, California for the final trainings in our FSMA food safety workshop series. The workshops will be offered in English and Spanish and meet the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training requirement for produce growers. 

Combine Your Food Safety and Organic Inspections

Organic producers are busy and have a lot going on, especially during harvest. Overlapping regulations and requirements for a modern farm and all the inspections that result have many producers experiencing “audit fatigue.” Since the inception of CCOF’s food safety program, organic growers have been asking for a combined food safety and organic inspection to reduce the amount of time these inspections take them away from what they love to do: work their farms. 

Expand Your Market Access and Prepare for the FSMA Produce Safety Rule with CCOF

 
The berry harvest has started in earnest here on the Central Coast, and some distributors and buyers are asking producers for evidence of a third-party food safety audit. Some are even beginning to ask their suppliers if they are in compliance with the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.  
 
While CCOF has been certifying operations to the GLOBALG.A.P.

Get Prepared for FSMA with CCOF Food Safety Certification

Food safety continues to be a hot topic for consumers and producers alike. The passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and recent release of the proposed FSMA rules by the FDA raise important questions to CCOF members. While FSMA provides a structure for a new system of food safety verification, the entrance of the federal government into the fray has created additional questions about how the program will be implemented.