News from the Q | Quality Assurance International Newsletter | December 2016

Industry News

Organic Industry Veteran Tracy Favre Joins QAI as Its New Director

QAI has appointed organic industry leader Tracy Favre as its new Director. A former organic inspector and farmer, Favre will head QAI’s organic certification programs. Click to read the press release and check out our next newsletter for details on Tracy’s vision and goals. > Read More

Be Inspection Ready: Do You Have Access to Historical Inventory Data?

Get tips for undergoing “in and out of balance” audits so you can more easily demonstrate that sufficient raw material was available to meet the quantities of finished goods manufactured and sold over a one-month-plus period. > Read More

Be Inspection Ready: What You Need to Know About Residue Testing

QAI is required to test products of at least 5 percent of all certified organizations. Find out what sampling entails, how organizations are chosen for sampling and what will happen during the process. > Read More

QAI at Industry Events

To keep up with both industry and regulatory trends, the QAI team regularly exhibits at trade shows and attends conferences and meetings. QAI staff recently participated in a panel at the Organic & Non-GMO Forum and attended the Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance Conference and the Canadian “Organics on the Hill” Policy Conference. > Read More

Season’s Greetings!

Everyone at QAI would like to thank you for your business and wish you the best for the holiday season. Find out how the Q team celebrates. > Read More

Regulatory Updates

Materials Removed from U.S. National Organic Program

The following materials are no longer allowed in U.S. organic production: egg white lysozyme, cyclohexylamine, diethylaminoethanol, octadecylamine and tetrasodium pyrophosphate. The NOSB is also recommending removing carrageenan and ivermectin. > Read More

NOP Program Handbook Updated for Calculating Organic Content and Classifying Materials

The National Organic Program has issued significant policy updates on how to calculate organic content of products and how to classify materials as agricultural/non-agricultural and synthetic/non-synthetic. > Read More

Get the Latest Version of the IACB EU Standard

The Equivalent European Union Organic Production and Processing Standard for Third Countries has recently been updated to version 15. Download this version to verify your operation’s ongoing compliance to the standard. > Read More

Compliance With Revised Canadian Organic Standards and Permitted Substances Lists Now Required

After a year’s phase-in period, the 2015 revisions to the Canadian Organic Standards and Permitted Substances Lists are now in effect, and additional revisions are expected in early 2017. > Read More

In the Spotlight: Get to Know Stanley Edwards

To help you get to know QAI better, we feature a QAI team member in each e-newsletter. This issue introduces Stanley Edwards, Senior Reviewer. > Read More

Upcoming Events

Stop by and visit us at these upcoming events!

Sustainable Foods Summit
San Francisco, CA, January 18-20

EcoFarm Conference
Pacific Grove, CA, January 25-28

Guelph Organic Conference
Guelph, Ontario, Canada, January 26-29

Natural Products Expo West
Anaheim, CA, March 10-12, Booth 2914

National Organic Standards Board
Denver, CO, April 19-21


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