Need Help? USDA announces new program and you are likely to benefit!

Here are some highlights: The sign-up for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will be reopened for at least 60 days beginning on April 5, 2021. The USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers press release details the 4 parts of the new initiative: (1). Expand Help & Assistance to More Producers, (2.) New Funding to Existing Programs, […]

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Opinion: Lithothamnion sp. Coralline Algae Is NOT “Ag,” Should NOT Be Allowed as “Organic” If We Care About The Planet.

March 12, 2021: The USDA released a memo to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to request that they make recommendations to the industry regarding whether or not Lithothamnion calcareus algae species may be certified organic. It’s unclear why the ruling is needed since the NOP informed at least one certifying agency prior to 2008 […]

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2021 Update: OneCert Inspections During Covid-19

In 2020, OneCert was able to conduct annual inspections by using a combination of remote records audits and on-site inspections. In a few cases we also allowed fully virtual inspections to take place. We will be following a similar approach in 2021 until more of the population has been vaccinated. For most operations, OneCert is […]

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Making “Natural” Claims? Proceed with Caution!

OneCert has become aware of some recent lawsuits targeting organic products that falsely make a “natural” claim. In recent years there have been many lawsuits and FTC complaints over the use of “all natural” or “100% natural claims” claims, when in fact, the product contains synthetic ingredients.  The FTC and FDA do not formally define […]

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