National Organic Program

October 2018 NOSB Oral Comment Registration: Webinar

Webinar Information

The deadline to register for an oral comment slot is 11:59 p.m. ET, October 4, 2018.

  • Commenters will be scheduled in the order in which they registered, beginning with the Tuesday, October 16 webinar. I will try to accommodate requests where possible, but may be unable to.
  • In an effort to accommodate the greatest number of people in a limited period of time, commenters are limited to one 3-minute speaking slot per meeting, EITHER during the webinars OR the in-person meeting.

 

Please provide any additional information that will assist me with scheduling. For example, if you are calling into the webinar and live in a different time zone. I will do my best to accommodate requests if possible.

October 2018 NOSB Oral Comment Registration: In-Person

Meeting Information

The deadline to register for an oral comment slot is 11:59 p.m. ET, October 4, 2018.

Please provide any additional information that will assist me with scheduling. For example, if you are coming to the in-person meeting and have an early or late flight. I will do my best to accommodate requests if possible.

Organic Import Oversight: Collaboration Opportunities and Technology Needs Assessment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the USDA organic seal. Rapid organic growth has increased the complexity of supply chains that carry organic products from farm to table. AMS continues to address new oversight challenges created by industry growth and increased market complexity.

Joint Letter to PACA Licensees, Organic Labels Must Be Removed from Fumigated Imports

In a joint letter, linked below, to all Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) licensees, the USDA Fair Trade Practices Program and National Organic Program remind U.S. importers that agricultural products treated with a substance prohibited by the USDA organic regulations, or that undergo ionizing radiation, may not be sold, labeled or represented as organic.

National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting - Pittsburgh, PA

The NOSB will meet to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), substances due to sunset from the National List in 2020, and guidance on organic policies. Please visit the NOSB Meetings page for further information and instructions.

Upcoming Meetings

Fall 2019 Meeting – Pittsburgh, PA

What’s Behind the Organic Seal? Organic Labels Explained

This consumer-friendly infographic is focused on helping consumers navigate the organic space and understand what to expect from any products bearing the USDA Organic Seal.

One side of the infographic provides an overview of the organic standards and the organic certification process. The other side gives readers an understanding of what different organic categories mean. Whether it’s the Organic Seal, Made with Organic, or a general description of “organic,” the USDA defines what qualifies under each of these terms.

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