Certification action changes

The powers to be want to change the haulers training

I suggest you read and send your comments to reject the trucks drivers needing to be certified organic   a real dumb move in MY opinion

PLEASE READ BELOW.  THE NOSB IS RECOMMENDING THAT ALL HAULERS OF BULK GRAIN BE CERTIFIED.  THIS MEANS ALL TRUCKING COMPANIES AND RAIL COMPANIES HAULING BULK GRAIN WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE CERTIFIED.  THIS WILL HAVE A MAJOR AFFECT ON MOVING ORGANIC GRAIN AROUND THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD.  PLEASE READ, COMMENT TO THE NOSB, AND PASS ON TO OTHER ORGANIC ADVOCATES

 

Public Comment Period Open for Guidance on Bulk Organic Products

One issue that may have a significant impact on some CCOF members is a new National Organic Program (NOP) Draft Guidance, published February 3, regarding handling bulk, unpackaged organic products. We encourage members to read the draft guidance and provide comments to the USDA.

   

The draft guidance specifies that handlers of bulk organic products, including grain, soybeans, hay, milk, and livestock must be certified or covered under another operation’s organic certification. Consistent with current regulations, packaged organic products do not need handler certification. “Handling and storing boxes of packaged organic granola bars is very different from handling bulk commodities,” said Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator for the NOP, in a prepared statement. “The draft guidance demonstrates how organic integrity is maintained from farm to market.”

 

View the draft guidance and instructions for submitting comments. Comments are due by April 3, 2012. Final Guidance on this issue will be incorporated into the NOP Program Handbook, which provides guidance on complying with organic regulations.

 

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