In January 2019, PCO announced that we would be offering the new Organic Plus Trust (OPT) Grass-fed certification. As you may be aware, the grass-fed industry moved to adopt uniform standards for organic grass-fed products and the OPT certification is a result of this industry movement. PCO is proud to be an accredited certification agency for this new program. Many of our current and new grass-fed producers have taken advantage of this new opportunity and are transitioning to the OPT certification this year. You may already be one of them!
As the OPT grass-fed certification becomes more popular among grass-fed producers, the need for PCO’s own grass-fed certification has decreased. As a result, PCO will not longer offer the PCO 100% Grass-fed certification effective December 31, 2019. Grass-fed producers who wish to continue their grass-fed certification but have not submitted an OPT application will need to do so immediately. As of January 1, 2020, the PCO 100% Grass-fed certification will not be valid; any current PCO certificate issued in the interim will be replaced when the OPT ones become available to PCO Staff.
If you have any questions or need an OPT application, please reach out to :
Kristin Shade (firstname.lastname@example.org) 814-422-0251