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News from the Q | Quality Assurance International Newsletter | February 2013

Industry News

QAI Makes Predictions for the Organic Industry in 2023

QAI has released predictions of what the organic industry will look like in 2023. Major forecasts include stricter organic regulations, organic foods fusing with food safety programs and a harmonic convergence of international and USDA organic standards. > Read More

U.S. FDA Releases Two FSMA Rules: Are You Ready?

The U.S. FDA recently issued the first two major proposed FSMA rules, Preventive Controls for Human Food and Standards for Produce Safety. Are you ready? The rules are open for public comment through May 16, 2013. > Read More

EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) Program Now Accepts Personal Care Products

The U.S. EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program is now accepting personal care products for recognition. > Read More

Receive HACCP Training Targeted to Organic Professionals

Find out how to achieve and maintain Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) standards and practices at a two-day, hands-on course targeted to organic and food safety professionals. > Read More

Regulatory Updates

Canada and Switzerland Sign Organic Equivalency Agreement

Swiss and Canadian authorities signed an organic equivalency arrangement that allows for easier import and export of certified organic products between Canada and Switzerland without the need for additional certification. > Read More

Placement of “Certified Organic by ***” Statement Timeline Extended

The NOP has extended its timeline for the placement of the “Certified Organic by ***” Statement to January 1, 2016. > Read More

NOP Releases Guideline Publications for Certified Operators and Industry

The National Organic Program (NOP) recently released four new guidance documents specific to handlers, crops, livestock and general certification. > Read More

NOP Requests Public Comments on Proposed Changes to National List

The National Organic Program is seeking public comments on proposed amendments to the crops and processing sections of the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. > Read More

Spring NOSB Meeting Takes Place April 9-11

The next National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting takes place in Portland on April 9- 11. > Read More

In the Spotlight: Get to Know Ashley Vopat

To help you get to know QAI better, we feature a QAI team member in each e-newsletter. This issue introduces Ashley Vopat, Certification Project Manager. > Read More

Upcoming Events

Stop by and visit us at these upcoming events!

Natural Products Expo West
Anaheim, CA, March 7-10
QAI Booth #2133

National Organic Standards Board Meeting
Portland, OR, April 9-11

Canada Health Food Association West
Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 11-14

OTA Policy Conference & Hill Event
Washington DC, May 14-15

United Fresh 2013
San Diego, CA, May 14-16
NSF Agriculture Booth #1336

Sustainable Cosmetics Summit
New York, NY, May 16-18

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Upcoming Training

HACCP for Organic Professionals
March 5-6, Anaheim, CA

Our organic and food safety experts are committed to providing you high quality training and education. Visit these training schedules to see what's coming up:

Organic Certification

Agricultural Producers

Food & Beverage Processing

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