Organic certification and food safety

Does my organic certification cover food safety?

No. While the principles of food safety are embedded in different parts of an Organic System Plan, your organic certification does not serve as a replacement for a food safety certification.

All certified organic operations are expected to follow local, state and federal food safety standards as well as the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards. If you require a specific food safety certification, please work with an accredited certifier for these services. OTCO does not provide food safety certification at this time.


When satisfying compliance for multiple certifications — organic, food safety, kosher, allergen separation, etc. — consider creating one “master” commingling and contamination prevention plan that covers them all.

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