as adding an additional processing
line, product line or facilities. They
should also be reviewed for updates
when preparing for your annual
inspection by your ACA. Any noncompliance that was identified from
the previous ACA inspection should
have been addressed and incorporated into the OSP.
Training is also a key part of
OCCPs. Having your staff trained
about what organic means, where the
organic value was created and what is
required to maintain that value as well
as how to comply with organic regulations will make your operation run
much more smoothly.
If everyone understands why they
are doing what they are doing, they
are more likely to do their jobs better
and enjoy coming to work as well.
And, like the OSP, an organic training
program is also required under the
True Organic Security
Overall, successful organic processors treat organic certification as
more than just regulatory compliance. Having a written plan that is
separate from a certifier’s application is a good strategic tool.
By implementing a complete OSP that includes and specifies
OCCPs, you are protecting the integrity of your company while
making the operation more efficient and profitable as well as reducing risk.
Bill Wolf is president of Wolf, DiMatteo + Associates, which delivers strategic
expertise to organic, socially and environmentally responsible organizations on
issues including organic system plan design and implementation, policy advice,
sourcing support and organic regulatory compliance ( U.S., Canada and globally).
Wolf has over 35 years experience in nearly every aspect of the organic industry,
from farming to food processing. He has successfully helped launch a range of
products from fertilizers and pest controls to organic packaged and fresh foods
to personal care products. Wolf has served as president of OTA and OMRI, and as
an advisor to numerous companies and government agencies, including the USDA.
You can contact him at BWolf@OrganicSpecialists.com.
Sandy Mays manages the Organic Systems Plan Division of Wolf, DiMatteo +
Associates. Mays has 20 years experience building and marketing organic products
and is an IOIA certified organic inspector with extensive experience implementing organic compliance and training programs. She can be reached at
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