#Understanding food safety and organic certifications
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.
When satisfying compliance for multiple certifications — organic, food safety, kosher, allergen separation, etc. — it may be helpful to create one “master” commingling and contamination prevention plan that covers them all.
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.
Organic inspectors are required to report any food safety violations or concerns to OTCO during an inspection. We will provide notification to you, the USDA NOP, and the appropriate food safety officials.
Want more tips? Take a look at Oregon Tilth’s webinar Sanitation, Contamination Prevention, and Facility Pest Management for Organic Processors.