Optional to obtain certification

What types of operations considered are considered optional?

  • Brand owners who only sell retailed packaged and labeled products that are produced by certified organic co-packers
  • Product transport businesses who only transport but do not perform any additional handling activities
  • Storage facilities (see exemptions below)
  • Operations that meet the USDA National Organic Program’s organic exemptions (see below)

Do I need certification if I contract other businesses to produce my organic products?

No. If you contract someone else to produce organic products for you and only sell the final retail packaged product — what’s known as a “brand owner” — you do not require certification. However, your co-packer or custom manufacturer is required to be certified and to list your organic products on their certificate.

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