How will it affect you?
The USDA published the Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) Final Rule on January 18, 2023. This is the largest update to the USDA National Organic Program’s regulations since the original Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. Importers, brokers, traders, and retailers of organic products may be affected. We’re developing resources for businesses like yours to understand the SOE regulations and how to ensure compliance.
Check out our informational SOE webinar! Organic Policy Manager, Leslie Touzeau, covers the basics of the final rule: who will need to be certified organic, who will be exempt from organic certification, and recordkeeping requirements for exempt operations. You can find more resources about Strengthening Organic Enforcement on our FAQ and External Resources pages under the Resources tab.
With an ever-expanding global presence, QCS is committed to helping operations all over the world stay connected and committed to the highest standards. Whether you get certified with us or simply have a question, we can guarantee one thing:
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Quality Certification Services certifies a diverse array of organic operations regardless of type, location or size. Organic agriculture is based on holistic production management systems which promote and enhance agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity. Organic agriculture also emphasizes the use of management practices in preference to the use of off-farm inputs, taking into account that conditions require locally-adapted systems. These goals are met, where possible, through the use of cultural, biological, and mechanical methods, as opposed to using synthetic materials, to fulfill specific functions within the system.
QCS is the certification program of Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers Inc. (FOG), a nonprofit organization that began certifying organic growers in 1989 and received its USDA accreditation in 2001.
In addition to its certification program, QCS, FOG carries out its mission statement by providing the community with programs and resources that promote and support organic and sustainable agriculture, as well as healthy living.
Our free Education Sessions can teach your non-profit, co-op, or collective about the certification process for USDA Organic and Regenerative Organic Certified®.
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