Source: USDA - Agricultural Marketing Service
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that California Organic Farmers Association's (COFA) accreditation as an organic certifying agent has been revoked.
As a result, COFA is no longer authorized by USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) to certify organic crop, livestock, wild crop and handling operations.
Certifying agents normally evaluate Organic System Plans, conduct inspections, and audit records to verify compliance with the national organic standards. Once accredited, they must renew their accreditation every five years.