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NOP Requests Comments Regarding Bulk Organic Products

The National Organic Program (NOP) published draft guidance with request for comments. The draft guidance clarifies the certification requirements for handlers of unpackaged organic bulk commodities and specifies that handlers of bulk organic products—including grain, soybeans, hay, milk and livestock—must be certified or be covered under another operation’s organic certification.

February 3, 2012

The National Organic Program (NOP) published draft guidance today with request for comments. The draft guidance clarifies the certification requirements for handlers of unpackaged organic bulk commodities and specifies that handlers of bulk organic products—including grain, soybeans, hay, milk and livestock—must be certified or be covered under another operation’s organic certification.

The draft guidance aligns with current USDA organic regulations that require operations that handle organic products to be certified except for retail food establishments and businesses that only handle packaged organic products. 

The NOP regulations currently state that handlers of packaged organic products do not need organic certification if the products remain in the same container. Since bulk organic commodities do not remain in the same container, the NOP is clarifying that certification of these handlers is required.

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