Processing and Handling FAQs

# Common updates and requests

A guide to the most common updates and requests for organic processing and handling certification, including adding a new product, updating suppliers or ingredients, adding certification services, and management of materials.

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# Product ingredients

An overview of the ins and outs of product ingredients, including sourcing of organic (and eligible non-organic) ingredients and prohibited materials.

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# Multiple ingredient products

A summary of allowed and prohibited processes, as well as common questions regarding calculating the organic percentage of a product and required documentation.

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# Labeling and packaging

Requirements and processes for labeling and packaging of different organic products — NOP, GOTS, NSF and transitional — and how to add or change a label.

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# Sanitation

A review of requirements and prohibitions of sanitation processes and materials used in organic processing or handling.

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# Contamination and commingling

A summary of common scenarios and requirements for prevention of contamination of organic products in processing, including storage, transportation, equipment and pest management.

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# Brand owners, marketers, and brokers

An explanation of the differences and requirements for co-packers and brand owners for organic processing and handling certification.

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# Storage and transport operators

An explanation of the requirements for storage and transportation operators of organic products within organic handling certification.

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# Food safety

A review of what is not covered under organic certification and additional requirements for food safety regulations.

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