Understanding the Impact of SOE on Your Organic Business
The recent introduction of the Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) Rule marks a pivotal moment in the organic industry, reshaping the landscape of regulations and standards.
What is SOE?
The Strengthening Organic Enforcement Rule, also known as SOE, stands as a landmark update to organic regulations since the establishment of the USDA National Organic Program. Designed to safeguard the integrity of organic products, SOE introduces measures to strengthen control systems, enhance oversight of organic imports, clarify certification standards, and improve supply chain traceability.
Key Highlights of SOE
Expanded Definition of Handling
Previously, only operations involved in producing, processing, packaging, or labeling organic products required certification. SOE extends this definition to include additional activities such as buying, selling, or facilitating the trade of organic products. This broader scope addresses potential gaps in the supply chain that may lead to fraudulent activities.
SOE limits exemptions from certification for uncertified handler operations like brokers, traders, storage facilities, private label brand owners, importers, and exporters. Certified operations must ensure that their supply chain complies with new certification requirements.
March 19, 2024 Compliance Deadline
All operations handling organic products are required to comply with SOE regulations by March 19, 2024. Non-compliance may result in penalties and jeopardize the organic status of your products.
Not sure if your operation is affected? Try our free Online Assessment Quiz
The online assessment quiz will provide you with a quick evaluation of your business’s compliance with the SOE ruling. By answering a few simple questions, you’ll gain valuable insights into whether your operations require certification under the new regulations.
Don’t leave your organic business’s future to chance. Take control and ensure compliance with the SOE ruling. Take our free online assessment tool now and pave the way for a seamless transition to the new era of organic regulations.
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