According to five trademark applications filed in October with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Oprah Winfrey may be entering the organic products market. Several applications were filed for Oprah’s Organics for personal care products as well as organic salad dressings, frozen vegetables, soups, beverages and snack dips.
Kenneth Noel Nelson Jr. of Bakersfield, CA, has pleaded guilty to four counts of mail fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud organic farmers and other customers of his organic fertilizer business. Nelson admitted he defrauded customers from 2003 to January 2009 through his company Port Organic Products Ltd. and affiliated businesses by representing […]
Beginning June 27, all pectin used in organic processed products must be organic if commercially available. If organic pectin is not commercially available, companies may use either high-methoxy or low-methoxy pectin, as long as it has not been amidated (treated with ammonia to cause structural changes). Amidated forms of pectin will be prohibited in certified […]
The National Organic Program (NOP) is requesting public comments on draft guidance for accredited certifying agents and certified operations. NOP regulations currently state that handlers of packaged organic products do not need to be certified if the products remain in the same container. The draft guidance clarifies the certification requirements for handlers of unpackaged organic […]