NOP Changing Approach to Organic Oversight in India

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is changing their approach to organic oversight in India. The U.S-India organic recognition, which was established in 2006, is being terminated as the USDA does not have direct visibility or enforcement authority over many organic certifiers and operations in India that sell into the U.S. […]

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2020: Looking Back with Gratitude

As we think back on everything that has happened this year, of course the pandemic is at the forefront of our minds. Covid-19 has presented many unforeseen hurdles across the organic industry, and the world. Despite all these challenges, as we look back, we have found many things to be proud of. We see examples […]

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Tamarind Seed Gum added to the National List, Effective December 7th

On November 5, 2020 the NOP published a final rule amending the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to add non-organic tamarind seed gum. Tamarind Seed Gum was added to § 205.606, which means it may be used in organic products when organic tamarind seed gum is not commercially available. This ingredient is […]

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Labelling Under the USDA Recognition Agreement with India

India’s National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) requires the manufacturer of an organic product to be identified on the product label. What does this mean for products destined for the United States? Under the terms of the USDA recognition agreement with India, products certified to the USDA organic standards must comply with USDA labeling requirements, […]

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Global Textile Certification by OneCert

Did you know that OneCert also certifies textile products? OneCert has been certifying to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) since 2008 and has since added certification to a group of other textile standards owned by Textile Exchange. Although we still certify textile operations in the US, the accreditation for these programs is now maintained […]

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Funding available: Second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP-2)

On September 17, the USDA announced a second round of funding available under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFPA 2). If you missed the application deadline or were ineligible for CFAP 1, the second round of CFAP includes expanding eligibility criteria and is open for applications until December 11, 2020. Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 […]

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U.S. and Japan Expand Organic Trade Opportunities Livestock Added to Arrangement

Effective July 16, 2020, the U.S.-Japan organic trade arrangement adds livestock to the list of products that may be certified to either country’s organic standards for sale as organic in both markets. “Opening new markets for America’s organic farmers and ranchers continues to be a priority for USDA,” said the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory […]

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