AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market has announced that 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. Whole Foods became the first national chain to be certified organic under the USDA's “group certification” standards in 2003. Under these rules, certifiers inspected a limited number of a retail chain's stores, along with a chain's headquarter-level plans for ...

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