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News from the Q | Quality Assurance International Newsletter | November 2012

Industry News

Earth-Friendly Actions in Everyday Operations

QAI staff follows earth-friendly practices in everyday operations such recycling, using a paperless documentation and billing system, carpooling and composting. > Read More

Sustainable Foods Summit Addresses Food Security and Waste

The Sustainable Foods Summit takes place January 22-23 in San Francisco. The show focuses on food security and waste, marketing best practices, new technologies and sustainability initiatives. > Read More

Regulatory Updates

Placement of “Certified Organic by ***” Statement

The National Organic Program recently issued a clarification that the “certified organic by ***” statement must be placed below the information identifying the handler or distributor. > Read More

Unannounced Inspections of Certified Operations

USDA organic regulations require unannounced inspections of 5 percent of certified clients every year. > Read More

U.S. / Canada Equivalency Reminder for NOP Clients

Starting in January 2013, organic crops and ingredients to be sold in Canada must have documentation that they are free of sodium nitrate use. > Read More

National Organic Program (NOP) Updates

Recent NOP updates include vitamins and minerals in organic products, methionine in poultry production, sodium nitrate in crop production, aquatic plant certification, origin of livestock updates, response to NOSB recommendations and the new Farmers’ Guide to Organic Contracts. > Read More

In the Spotlight: Get to Know Samantha Unruh

To help you get to know QAI better, we feature a QAI team member in each e-newsletter. This issue introduces Samantha Unruh, Customer Service Coordinator. > Read More

Upcoming Webinars

Understanding GLOBALG.A.P. Version 4

Complimentary webinar, December 6, 1:00 to 2:30 pm EST

NSF Agriculture technical expert Eileen Chase leads participants through the fundamentals of the GLOBALG.A.P. V4 Food Safety Certification Audit.


Top 10 Noncompliances for Processors

Complimentary webinar, December 12, 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST

Learn what noncompliances occur most frequently in organic processor inspections and how to manage corrective actions, handle audit trails and close the loop.

Upcoming Events

Stop by and visit us at these upcoming events!

Fancy Food West
San Francisco, CA, January 20-22

Sustainable Food Summit
San Francisco, CA, January 22-23

EcoFarm
Pacific Grove, CA, January 23-26

Guelph Organic Conference
Guelph, Ontario, Canada, January 31-February 3

BioFach
Nuremberg, Germany, February 13-16

Natural Products Expo West
Anaheim, CA, March 7-13

> View More Events

Upcoming Training

GLOBALG.A.P. Version 4 Training
December 10-11, Philadelphia, PA

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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