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Foods that are certified organic by CCOF

ORGANIZATION: California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF)

url: www.ccof.org

LABEL STANDARDS: USDA organic standards (7 CFR 205)

 

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What this seal means 

A closer look behind the standards

This seal can be used only when the product is certified organic by CCOF, one of eighty USDA-accredited certifying agencies that is authorized by the USDA to certify farms and businesses to the USDA organic standards. CCOF has no additional requirements for use of this seal.

The standards behind this seal, therefore, are the same as the USDA organic standards.

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Is the seal verified?

Yes. The seal can be used only when the product is certified organic by CCOF. Organic certification includes on annual on-farm inspection, verification of an “organic systems plan,” possibility of unannounced inspections, and periodic residue testing.

What percentage of the ingredients have to be certified?

To be labeled organic, at least 95 percent of the ingredients have to be certified organic (by weight or fluid volume, excluding water and salt). While the remaining 5 percent of ingredients do not need to be certified organic, they have to meet other criteria and cannot be GMO.

Is the meaning of the seal consistent?

Yes. The seal can be used only when the product is certified organic. Producers have to meet all requirements in the organic standards in order to be certified.

Are the standards publicly available?

Yes. The USDA organic standards are publicly available.

Is the organization free from conflict of interest?

Yes (same as USDA Organic).

Were the standards developed with broad public and industry input?

Yes (same as USDA Organic).