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Apr 2016

What to Expect During Your First Organic Audit

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A company’s first organic audit can be a stressful time. Even business owners who have poured over the USDA accreditation process might still be unsure of what exactly is going to take place when the inspector finally arrives. Read ahead for a look at some steps you can take to make your first inspection for your organic audit as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Step 1: Review Your Organic Systems Plan (OSP)

Every certifier has their own OSP that must be kept up-to-date by their clients. As your inspection date approaches, you should review your OSP to ensure that no major changes have been made to your operation. In addition to making multiple copies of your OSP, you should be prepared to show records of how you are implementing every step of your plan.

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Apr 2016

Going Organic – Top Three Things Food Handlers need to consider

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Making the switch from conventional to organic is a multiyear process that can have some substantial payoffs in terms of worker health, customer demand and food quality. Here are the top three things to consider before making the switch.


Is Your Operation and Products Eligible for Organic Certification?Organic Certification | Food Safety Certifiers

The first step in making the switch to organic is ensuring that your facility is organic compliant. The USDA’s NOP (National Organic Program) wrote and defined the organic standard. We recommend checking out the USDA’s Guide for Organic Processors as a great way to implement organic practices on site.

In addition, food handlers need to make sure their single/multi-ingredient products are organic compliant. Single ingredient handlers will need to make sure they have a USDA organic certificate for products being purchased. Multi-ingredient handlers will need to make sure at least 95% of their product consists of certified organic ingredients by weight. The remaining 5% of ingredient(s) can be non-organic, however they need to comply with the National List.


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