Handling SOE: 6 Priorities for Handling Operations Implementing the New Rule

The Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) Rule published by the USDA implementation period ends March 20, 2024. This means operations have until March 19, 2024, to become compliant with the rule. Handling operations, including brokers, traders, importers, distributors, and manufacturers, are among those who will be most affected by this new rule. In this post, we […]

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Introducing OTA’s Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions

From time to time we like to share tools and resources that we think are helpful to our certified organic operations. In this post, we are excited to introduce you to the Organic Trade Association (OTA) Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions. The Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions is a voluntary program designed to help organic businesses minimize […]

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The USDA’s Game-Changing Proposed Rule: Open for Comments

On August 5, 2020 the USDA released their “Strengthening Organic Enforcement” proposed rule, opening a 60 day public comment period. The changes are meant to improve organic oversight and to protect integrity in the organic supply chain. The proposal includes: Reduced exemptions from certification requiring more operations to be certified Requirements for import certificates for […]

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