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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US Importers: What you need to know about the changes in the US-India Organic Recognition

If you are a certified operation importing organic products or ingredients from India and you are wondering how the ending of the US-India Organic Recognition will affect your operation, start by asking “What type of NOP (National Organic Program) Certificate does my supplier have?” There are two options: 1: If your supplier has an NPOP-NOP […]

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NOP Changing Approach to Organic Oversight in India

“The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is changing its approach to organic oversight in India. USDA is ending its recognition agreement that has allowed APEDA-accredited certifiers to provide USDA organic certification in India. This change adapts to the evolution of organic supply chains over time and allows USDA to protect farms […]

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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 of Products Imported into the USA from 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? Products certified to the USDA organic standards must comply with USDA labeling requirements, which requires that the distributor be specified on the product […]

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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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Reduced Cost Share Reimbursement & How to Apply

On August 10, 2020, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency announced a change in reimbursement for those participating in the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Per the announcement, certified producers and handlers are now eligible to receive reimbursement for up to 50% of the certification expenses, up to a maximum of $500 per scope. Previously, […]

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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: Because the proposed changes are likely to have significant impacts on your certified operation and […]

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United States Streamlines Organic Trade with Taiwan

The American Institute in Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States signed and exchanged letters on behalf of the U.S. and Taiwan to establish the new organic equivalence arrangement. The arrangement covers certified organic products grown, produced or with final processing in the U.S. or Taiwan and eliminates the […]

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India Requires a Certificate of Inspection for Exports to the United States

The National Organic Program (NOP) reminds certifiers and importers that India requires a Certificate of Inspection for the export of organic products to the United States. The Certificate is to be issued by a government-accredited certification agent via India’s TraceNet system. This final export transaction certificate is provided to the U.S. importer to validate the organic status and volume of […]

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