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AnnouncementJanuary 9, 2013


The National Organic Program (NOP) has updated its policy memo addressing the placement of the "certified organic by ***" statement.  

The NOP would also like to highlight its most recent "Organic 101" blog article on organic wine

Certified Organic By *** Statement

The USDA organic regulations require that packaged products include a statement similar to, "certified organic by ***" below the information identifying the product's handler or distributor. 

Due to inconsistent NOP correspondence and training resources, the NOP granted a transition period for the correct placement this statement on September 12, 2012.

In response to feedback from certifying agents and operations, the NOP has updated PM 12-2 to provide increased flexibility: 

  • Existing Product Labels  
    "Certified organic by ***" statement must be correctly placed by January 1, 2016.  
  • New Product Labels
    "Certified organic by ***" statement must be correctly placed prior to certifying agent approval.   

View PM 12-2: Placement of "Certified Organic By ***" Statement 

Organic 101: Organic Wine

From sulfites to international trade, many consumers, distributors, and other key players have questions about organic wine. 

The NOP's most recent Organic 101 article explains the oversight, labeling, and trade of organic wine.

Organic 101: Organic Wine  

Organic Wine: Oversight, Labeling, and Trade
NOP Fact Sheet 

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