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NOP "Certified Organic By ****" Placement Announcement

The USDA organic regulations require that packaged products include a statement similar to, "certified organic by ***" below the information identifying the product's handler or distributor. 

Due to inconsistent NOP correspondence and training resources, the NOP granted a transition period for the correct placement of this statement.

For Existing NOP Product Labels:  
"Certified organic by ***" statement must be correctly placed by January 1, 2016.  

For New NOP Product Labels:
"Certified organic by ***" statement must be correctly placed prior to certifying agent approval.   

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has posted a new food labelling tool to its website that will help producers, manufacturers and retailers improve compliance with federal food labelling regulations.

This tool is now available...

Updated List of Certified Operations

The updated list of certified organic operators is now available!

As of the end of 2013, 18,513 organic farms and processing facilities in the United States were certified to the USDA organic standards. Worldwide, there are now more than 25,000 certified organic operators in more than 120...

The National Young Farmers Coalition offers a new guide for farmers that is designed to describe organic certification and help beginning farmers decide if certification is right for them.  The Vegetable Grower's Guide to Organic Certification is meant for vegetable farmers who embrace the philosophy of organic agriculture, but aren't...

The OCIA International Board of Directors submitted a public comment on USDA agriculture coexistence March 3.

Coexistence is defined as "the concurrent cultivation of crops produced through diverse agricultural systems including traditionally produced, organic, identity preserved, and genetically engineered crops."

The OCIA board...

Join OCIA International in signing Farm Aid's petition to help spread the word to make sure the USDA and Secretary Vilsack get the message loud and clear: family farmers can't "coexist" with GMO pollution.

For more information or to sign the petition, visit...

After months of debilitating and frustrating health concerns and a misdiagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, Nebraska organic farmer and musician Mike Ostry was life-flighted to an Omaha (NE) hospital in early February 2014 for removal of a life-threatening brain tumor. Mike remains in intensive care as recuperation and healing begin.

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The United States has entered into an equivalency arrangement with Japan that was effective January 1, 2014.  The scope of the arrangement is country to country, meaning that it only applies to products grown, processed, or packaged within the boundaries of those two countries. What does this mean for OCIA operations?

U.S. operators...

In late June of 2012, the Canadian Organic Office (COO) introduced important changes to Section C11 of the Operation Manual for Accredited Certifying Bodies that could potentially affect your operation. These changes include the need for certifying agencies to verify the compliance of operations that provide contractual work for operations with...

Californians will be voting in November on Proposition 37, The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.  If passed, the Act will require clear labels on products to let consumers know if foods are genetically modified.

OCIA International is among the growing number of agricultural organizations, along with consumer,...

OCIA is one of only 30 certification bodies whose certification programs are accepted by the EU Standing Committee on Organic Farming (SCOF) for working in equivalence with the EU Regulation for organic production.