National Organic Program

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.

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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