News from the Q | Quality Assurance International Newsletter | August 2015

Industry News

Proposed Organic Research and Promotion Order

The USDA has been petitioned for a research and promotion check-off program for organic products. The program would educate consumers about what it means to be organic and fund on-farm and regional research programs to encourage farmers to transition to organic farming.
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What to Expect When You Receive an Adverse Action Letter

No one wants to receive an adverse action letter. Find out how the process works and what to do if you receive a notice of noncompliance, denial, or proposed suspension or revocation.
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Combine Kosher and Organic Certifications in a Single Audit

Global demand is growing for products that meet both the strict requirements of Jewish dietary laws and the USDA National Organic Program specifications. QAI can combine audits for organic and kosher certification. > Read More

Demonstrate Waste Reduction Efforts with NSF Landfill-Free Verification

Did you know you can certify your facilities as landfill-free with QAI’s parent company, NSF International? > Read More

Regulatory Updates

New U.S.-Switzerland Equivalency Arrangement for Organic Products

An organic equivalency arrangement between the U.S. and Switzerland went into effect on July 10, 2015. Find out more about the scope of the agreement. > Read More

The Vermont GMO Food Labeling Rule: What It Means to You

Food certified as organic is exempt from labeling under the new Vermont GMO Food Labeling Rule, which goes into effect in July 2016. > Read More

How to Keep Substances on the National List

The National Organic Standards Board will vote in October to delist or maintain over 200 materials currently allowed by the National Organic Program. To keep any of these materials, you can submit public comments or fill out an anonymous survey. > Read More

New FSMA Proposed Rule and Draft Guidance

The U.S. FDA issued a proposed rule and draft guidance for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that outlines user fees and model accreditation standards for third-party auditors and certification bodies of foreign suppliers.
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In the Spotlight: Get to Know Liset Dondiego

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

Upcoming Events

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Natural Product Expo East
Baltimore, MD, September 16-19

Esca Bona
Austin, TX, October 26-28

National Organic Standards Board Meeting
Stowe, VT, October 26-29

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