Is the label verified?
Yes
Is the meaning of the label consistent?
Yes
Are the label standards publicly available?
Yes
Is information about the organization publicly available?
Yes
Is the organization free from conflict of interest?
Yes
Was the label developed with broad public and industry input?
Yes

This label can be found on: beef, dairy products

PROGRAM NAME: PCO 100% Grassfed

ORGANIZATION: Pennsylvania Certified Organic

url: https://www.paorganic.org

LABEL STANDARDSThe standards are available upon request by calling (814) 422-0251 or emailing pco@paorganic.org

 

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What this label means 

Why it matters 

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How meaningful is this label? 

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Is the label verified?

Yes.

To become certified, farms complete a 100% Grassfed System Plan and additional documentation as requested by PCO. PCO conducts a review of the application and an inspection of the farm. Following certification, farms are inspected annually to keep their certification.


Is the meaning of the label consistent?

Yes. Farms have to meet all the standards to be certified.

Are the label standards publicly available?

Yes.

Yes. The label standards are available upon request by calling (814) 422-0251 or emailing pco@paorganic.org.

Is information about the organization publicly available?

Yes.

Board of Directors: Yes. The members of the Pennsylvania Certified Organic Board of Directors and their affiliations are listed on the website.

Financial information: Yes. Financial information for Pennsylvania Certified Organic, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is publicly available.

Is the organization free from conflict of interest?

Yes.

Standards development: Yes. The Board of Directors consists of members who do not have or have not held an interest in a production or handling operation certified by PCO, for at least 12 months.

Verification: Yes. The organization has a conflict of interest policy for independent inspectors and PCO staff members.

Was the label developed with broad public and industry input?

 

Yes.

Standards development: The standards were developed by the PCO Standards Committee, which consists of 20 members with diverse affiliations, including certified organic producers and processors, industry professionals, consumers and scientists. PCO members also had the opportunity to provide comment prior to finalizing the standard, and while the standards were developed, there were several public meetings to discuss the standards.

Standards updates: The standards will be reviewed every three years and updated if necessary. The organization will accept comments from certified producers and members, as well as the general public. Comments will be taken into consideration during the evaluation process.