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Don Franczyk (Main Office)
1220 Cedarwood Circle
N. Dighton, MA 02764
E-mail: baystateorganic
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Phone: (774) 872-5544
Fax: (774) 872-5545

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Duncan Cox
1 Webster Street
Salem, MA 01970
E-mail: dcox
@baystateorganic.org

Phone: (978) 745-6207

Responsible For: Personal Care & Cosmetic certification, Pesticide Residue Testing, FDA Label Requirements, US/Canada Equivalency.

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Eric Hanson
652 Jones Avenue
Lansdale, PA 19446
E-mail: ehanson
@baystateorganic.org

Phone: (401) 835-2210

Responsible For: General Questions about Certification, New client information, TM-11 Export Documents.

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Don Persons
12 George St., FL 2
Greenfield, MA 01301
Email: donpersons
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Phone: (845) 542-7300

Responsible For: General Questions about Certification, Dairy, Beef, Pork, Poultry and Livestock Certification.

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Organic Certification

Section 205.105 of the National Organic Standards specifies that to be sold or labeled as 100% organic, organic, or made with organic (specified ingredients or food groups), agricultural products must be produced and handled without the use of:

  • synthetic substances and ingredients except as provided in Sections 205.601 or 205.603 of the National Organic Standards;
  • nonsynthetic substances prohibited in Sections 205.602 and 205.604 of the standards;
  • nonagricultural substances used in or on processed products except as other wise provided in Section 205.606 of the standards;
  • non-organic agricultural substances used in or on processed products except as otherwise provided in Section 205.606 of the standards.

Sections 205.601-205.606 of the standards are collectively referred to as the National List. This list spells out what substances may be used by organic growers or processors. Each section of the standards deals with a different category of products. In general, unless listed in Sections 205.602, or 205.604 as prohibited substances, nonsynthetic substances are allowed in organic crop and livestock production. Synthetic substances are generally prohibited in organic crop and livestock production unless they are listed as allowed in sections 205.601 or 205.603 of the standards.

  • 205.601 - Synthetic substances allowed for use in organic crop production.
  • 205.602 - Nonsynthetic substances prohibited for use in organic crop production.
  • 205.603 - Synthetic substances allowed for use in organic livestock production.
  • 205.604 - Nonsynthetic substances prohibited for use in organic livestock production.
  • 205.605 - Nonagricultural (nonorganic) substances allowed as ingredients in or on processed products labeled as "organic" or "made with organics (specified ingredients or food group(s)).
  • 205.606 - Nonorganically produced agricultural products allowed as ingredients in or on processed products labeled as organic or made with organic ingredients.

The National List is the final arbiter of what substances may be allowed in organic crop, livestock, or processing operations. The National List was recently updated to include new substances. The revisions to the list may be viewed on the website of the National Organic Program. However, there are several resources that growers, livestock producers and processors may use as guidance documents in determining if a product is approved for use in organic production.

NOFA Bulk Order - Baystate Organic Certifiers works with the NOFA chapters in Massachusetts and Connecticut to verify that all substances on the bulk order meet the requirements of the National List. All products on the 2010 Bulk Order List have been reviewed and approved.

Baystate Organic Certifiers List of Local Approved Compost, Potting Soil, and Fertilizer Providers - click HERE.

OMRI Organic Materials Review Institute - OMRI maintains lists of Generic Materials and Brand Name Materials that meet the requirements of the National List. These lists are mailed to certified producers to use as guidance documents. They may also be accessed at OMRI's website.

Organic Trade Association - The OTA website has links to ingredients used in processed products.

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