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Solicitud de Producto

Describa sus productos orgánicos terminados y la ubicación donde se procesan productos. Adjunte las etiquetas y certificados de empacadores subcontratados (co-empacadores) a este formulario. Cuando agrega un nuevo producto, presente un nuevo formulario Solicitud de Manejador - Información de Productos junto con el H2.0B (para productos con múltiples ingredientes) y presente todas las etiquetas. Para obtener información adicional acerca de la adición de un nuevo producto, lea el FAQ relacionado.

Can I store organic and non-organic ingredients in the same storage area?

Yes, as long as adequate measures are taken to distinguish organic from non-organic, and storage practices do not pose a commingling or contamination risk for organic ingredients. You do not have to have a physical barrier in place, but adequate separation and labeling should be in place to protect the organic product.

How do I add a new product to my organic certificate?

To add a new product to your Organic System Plan (OSP) and organic certificate, send the following to inbox@ccof.org:

How do water and salt affect my product labeling?

Water and salt are excluded when calculating the organic percentage of a product. Use our helpful H2.0B Product Formulation worksheet to help you calculate the organic percentage of finished products. This worksheet will also help you if some of your product is not composed entirely of organic ingredients.

I have a restaurant and I buy a lot of certified organic ingredients. Can my menu identify these items as organic without being certified?

Yes, restaurants are considered retail food establishments and are excluded from certification, but can identify products on their menus as organic without certification. Restaurants must prevent commingling or contamination of organic product/ingredients with prohibited materials, such as sanitizers, pest control materials, and non-organic ingredients. Additionally, restaurants need to comply with applicable labeling requirements by clearly indicating the organic or non-organic items on their menu and in any consumer information.

If I just want to identify the organic ingredients in my ingredient statement, does the product have to be certified?

No, products that restrict organic claims to the ingredient listing only are exempt from the requirements of certification. However, the manufacturer needs to maintain documentation that the organic ingredients identified are organic and certified according to the regulations. Manufacturers should request and maintain on file current copies of organic certificates for each organic ingredient. Although not required, manufacturers can choose to have products that restrict organic to the ingredient listing certified by CCOF.

What is the 'National List' for processed products?

The National List is the list of non-organic materials you are allowed to use as ingredients, additives, or processing aids in your organic products. For processors this includes materials such as yeast, citric acid, baking soda, diatomaceous earth, and others. Only non-organic ingredients and processing aids included on the National List may be used in and on your products. CCOF must approve the use of all ingredients and processing aids prior to use to protect you from inadvertent and costly mistakes. 

What non-organic ingredients can I use in my product labeled “Made with Organic (specific ingredients)?”

Products labeled “Made with organic…” may contain up to 30% non-organic ingredients. Non-organic ingredients must either be agricultural or on section 205.605 of the National List.

What non-organic ingredients/materials can I use in or on my organic processed product?

The National List is the definitive source for allowed materials. However, several agencies and organizations create comprehensive lists of brand name products and ingredients that may be used in organic processing. Among them are the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. All materials must be approved by CCOF before use.

What types of information should I send to CCOF?

This list details the most common situations that require you to send information or documentation to CCOF, and what type of information you'll need to send. Read through this list and contact your Certification Service Specialist with additional questions. 
 
I want to change something in my Organic System Plan (OSP), what should I send?
Update your OSP forms and send them to CCOF for review and approval.  Your current OSP is always visible on MyCCOF.

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