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OTA comments on FDA’s draft guidance on GMO labeling

Informed through the hard work of OTA’s Organic = Non-GMO PLUS Task Force, OTA submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its draft guidance on voluntarily making claims indicating whether foods have been produced with or without the use of “bioengineering.” The draft guidance, released in 2001, claimed that consumers do not understand the acronyms “GMO” [...]

FTC to conduct study on consumer perception of organic claims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a notice and request for public comment on its proposed plans to conduct research to explore consumer perception of environmental marketing claims such as “organic” and “pre-consumer recycled content.” Comments are due May 27. The study is intended to enhance FTC’s understanding of how consumers interpret such claims in order to [...]

FTC Senior Enforcement Attorney to speak at Policy Conference

Laura Koss, a Senior Attorney at the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) Enforcement Division, will speak about FTC’s role in regulating organic product claims at OTA’s Policy Conference May 21 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The National Organic Program (NOP) lacks the legal authority to enforce organic claims beyond the realm of food. That leaves [...]

Follow @OrganicTrade for NOSB updates

The NOSB meeting will be held April 29-May 2 in San Antonio, TX, at the St. Anthony Hotel. The meeting agenda, recommendations and OTA’s final comments are included on OTA’s NOSB Report page. OTA will once again provide live coverage of the NOSB meeting via Twitter. If you haven’t done so, sign up for a Twitter account and follow OTA to [...]

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Nominate a Rising Star for an Organic Leadership Award

OTA’s Organic Leadership Awards are given annually to individuals who have shown leadership and vision in furthering the goals of the organic movement. For 2014, OTA is accepting nominations for three Organic Leadership Awards. Nominees for the Rising Star Award should be emerging leaders who have distinguished themselves professionally for their pursuit, zeal or notable [...]

Nearing the goal

The 2014 Annual Fund has raised $735,989 for OTA and $97,240 for COTA. OTA extends a special thanks to the companies who have pledged their support this week: Big Carrot, CleanDirt Grains & Seeds, Made in Nature, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Organic India and Sheila Linderman Consulting. We would also like to extend a special thank you [...]

Organic IS sustainable

In cooperation with OTA, The Organic Center crafted a response to a Western Farm Press article entitled “Organic is not the ‘sustainable’ food of the future.” The response, posted both on OTA’s website and on The Organic Center’s website, notes that the sustainability focus is commendable, but misses many of the useful sustainable tools that [...]

Opportunity in Mexico

Are you a Canadian importer interested in attending ExpoOrganics this June 25-27 in Mexico City? Organic producers and brands from across Mexico will exhibit their products at this annual show.  COTA may have financial assistance for walkers and buyers willing to take part in a buyer program hosted by the Mexican organic sector. Contact Julia [...]

COTA congratulates members

Long-time COTA member Community Natural Foods (CNF) was selected as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies program that selects and celebrates 50 Canadian companies demonstrating vision, passion and achievement in their daily business. COTA also congratulates Nature’s Path Foods, ranked among Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2014, a program that honors [...]

Plan for Organic Week

The fifth annual edition of Organic Week comes to Canada September 20-28. With a strong generic branding campaign, retailer promotions, community events and national media and social media campaigns, Organic Week has quickly grown to become the biggest organic marketing event in Canada. Start planning now and include Organic Week in your schedule this fall. [...]