The Agricultural Commissioner, in cooperation with CDFA’s Organic Program, enforces the federal Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990, and the California Organic Products Act of 2003. These statutes protect consumers, producers, handlers, processors and retailers by establishment of standards under which fresh agricultural products/foods may be labeled and/or sold as “organic”. For more information visit California State Organic Program or the National Organic Program.
Every person engaged in the state of California in the production or handling of raw agricultural products sold as organic, and retailers that are engaged in the production of products sold as organic, and retailers that are engaged in the processing, as defined by the NOP, of products sold as organic, shall register with the State Organic Program. Each registrant shall provide a complete copy of its registration to the agricultural commissioner in any county in which the registrant operates. If the expected organic gross sales exceed $5,000, certification is required.
If your annual gross organic sales exceed $5,000, certification is required by law. To determine if you need to be certified, review the Code of Federal Regulations § 205.100. To become certified you may select any accredited agency registered with the California State Organic Program.
Cost-share Information for organic certification is available at CDFA.
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