Whole Foods Obtains Organic Certification for All U.S. Stores

Whole Foods Market yesterday announced that it each of its 273 U.S. stores has been individually certified organic by CCOF, a non-profit, U.S. Department of Agriculture accredited third-party certifier established in 1973.

AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market yesterday announced that it each of its 273 U.S. stores has been individually certified organic by CCOF, a non-profit, U.S. Department of Agriculture accredited third-party certifier established in 1973.

In 2003, Whole Foods became the first national chain to be certified under the USDA’s national organic standards for “group certification." Under group certification rules for retailers, certifiers were required to inspect a limited number of

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