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Agenda for Organic Certification with a Foundation in Food Safety

Day One  
8:00 a.m.
Welcome & Introductions
8:15 a.m.
Organic Handling Overview - Getting the Big Picture
  • USDA Regulation vs. Independent Certifiers
  • History
    • OFPA 1990
    • NOP Regulations 2002
8:45 a.m.
Understanding How the Regulation is Set
  • NOP, NOSB process and input
  • Petition process and NOSB role
9:30 a.m.
Understanding the Certification Process
  • Application is the Handling Plan
    • Components of the Plan
    • Application Review
  • Inspection
  • Desk Audit Review - Resolution
  • Follow-up - Determination - mid year changes
10:30 a.m.
Overview of Regulations
  • What has to be certified
  • Recordkeeping
    • What does NOP require
    • Retention and Complaints
12:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)
1:00 p.m.
Overview of Food Safety Regulations
  • History of U.S. Food Safety Regulations
  • The New GMPs - What to Expect
2:00 p.m.
Commingling and Contamination Prevention
3:30 p.m.
Integrating Food Safety with Organic Certification
  • Food Safety Management Systems
5:00 p.m.
Day Two  
8:00 a.m.
Product Composition
  • Calculating your organic content
  • The National List allowed non-organict
  • Workshop - Product Composition Percentage
9:00 a.m.
General Prohibitions
  • GMOs
  • Sewage sludge, irradiation
  • 205.605 vs. 205.606 ag - non-ag
10:00 a.m.
  • An overview of Organic requirements
  • Workshop - Developing a Compliant Organic Certification Label
12:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)
1:00 p.m.
Cleaning Programs: Development and Implementation
  • Daily, Periodic and Maintenance Cleaning Assignments
  • What to Include Besides Production Equipment
  • How to Clean and Remain Organic
  • Detailed Equipment Cleaning Procedures
2:15 p.m.
Incoming Materials Inspection
  • Organic and Food Safety: First Line of Defense
  • Inspecting Vehicles, Bulk Systems, Raw Materials and Packaging, etc.
  • Storage Practices
  • Temperature Control
3:30 p.m.
Foreign Material Control
  • Building and Structural Issues
  • Equipment Design and Preventative Maintenance
  • Glass and Brittle Plastic Control Program
  • Monitoring and Control Methods
5:00 p.m.
Day Three  
8:00 a.m.
Pest Control
  • Introduction to Pests (Rodent, Bird, Stored Product and Structural Insects)
  • Outside Controls and Structural Strategies
  • Internal Monitoring and Control Methods
9:00 a.m.
Monitoring Practices
  • Building SOPs to monitor Plan
9:30 a.m.
The Organic Handling Plan (OHP)
  • Workshop - OHP Writing and Development
    • An exercise on how to organize your own OHP
    • Have your OHP written and done before you get home!
10:45 a.m.
Self-Inspection - A Program for Organic Certification
  • Workshop - Organic Certification Audit
12:00 p.m.
Presentation of Certificates and Adjourn


  • Connie Karr -Oregon Tilth, Processing Program Manager
  • Gwendolyn Wyard - Oregon Tilth, Processing Program Reviewer
  • Jon Anderson -AIB International, Head, OSHA Compliance and Educational Product Development

Successful completion of this course earns the participant 1.8 CEUs.

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