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Organic Food Section

The Oklahoma Organic Food Section is challenged with providing uniform and cost effective inspection and certification of poultry, eggs, egg products and organic foods to ensure customer satisfaction and safety at the production, processing, wholesale, retail, food service and ultimate consumer levels.

Oklahoma is a state in which all consumers can be assured officially inspected and certified poultry, eggs, egg products and organic foods meet the established standards for the labeled grade and size and food safety regulations.

The Poultry, Eggs & Organic Section carries out the following food safety and grading responsibilities:

I. Performs shell egg and egg products inspections at the retail, dealer and packer to ensure United States Department of Agriculture standards meet grade and size, food safety and refrigeration requirements as required by the Oklahoma Egg Law.

II. Conducts inspection of poultry parts and products under a cooperative agreement to ensure grade standards meet United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service grade standards.

III. Provides shell egg surveillance inspections at Oklahoma producers and hatcheries under a cooperative agreement with United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing Service to ensure consumer food safety and refrigeration requirements are met.

IV. Provides Organic Certification for Crops, Livestock and processing facilities using United States Department of Agriculture, National Organic Program standards as required by the Oklahoma Organic Law. Retail, wholesale and farmers market surveillance inspections and sampling are conducted to ensure organic standards are met.

Organic Certification Services

The Oklahoma Organic Section provides certification services to Organic crop, Organic livestock, and Organic processor/handler operations in the State of Oklahoma. Our department may license an operation if their application form, on-site inspection, exit interview, and sample results indicate the operation is in compliance with the Oklahoma Organic Food Act/USDA National Organic Program Standards. An operation not certified could sell their products as organic if their operation complies with the regulation of the NOP Standard 205.101(a production or handling operation whose gross agricultural income from organic sales totals $5,000.00 or less annually) we recommend an attestation be on file with the Oklahoma Organic Section.

“Organic Production”

A production system that is managed in accordance with the Act and regulations in this part to respond to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.

“Organic Crops” = (Crops, Seeds, Vegetables, Plants and Herbs)

Produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers, chemicals, or other prohibited substances being applied to land for a period of 3 years preceding harvest of organic crop (NOP 205.201 through 205.206)

“Organic Livestock” =(Poultry, Swine, Beef, Dairy, Bees, and Worms)

Produced without the use of hormones and antibiotics. No synthetic fertilizers or chemicals applied to pastures. An organic feed ration must be fed. (NOP 205.201 & 205.235 through 205-239)

“Organic Processor/Handlers” = (Seed cleaning, Feed, Food, and Fiber)

Processing or handling either crops or livestock without the use of prohibited substances, ionization radiation, genetic engineering, artificial preservatives, and coloring agents (NOP 205.201 & 205.605 through 205. 606) in a certified organic facility.