National Organic Program

Organic Integrity in the Supply Chain: Overview for Certified Organic Handlers

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) protects the integrity of USDA organic products throughout the world. As the organic market grows, many growers, processors, and handlers are working within multi-business supply chains, often across borders. This short video reviews the responsibilities of organic handlers in verifying that organic imports comply with U.S. standards. The video also reviews the role of certifiers in overseeing imports and enforcing the standards.

Confinement of Organic Poultry due to risk of Avian Influenza

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) enforces the USDA organic regulations for organic poultry through the National Organic Program (NOP). The NOP has received questions regarding the confinement of organic poultry flocks due to recent outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI).

USDA Publishes National Organic Standards Board Meeting Proposals and Discussion Documents

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) posted meeting materials and an updated agenda for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring meeting, to be held in Denver, CO, April 19-21, 2017. Documents are posted on the Spring 2017 NOSB meeting webpage.

USDA Develops Program to Assess Animal Welfare Standards and Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) developed a program under which it will offer assessments of independent animal welfare standards and programs to determine if they conform to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Specification (TS) 34700 – Animal Welfare Management/General Requirements and Guidance for Organizations in the Food Supply Chain.  

USDA Implements Import Certificate Requirement for Organic Products Shipped from Mexico

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Mexico’s National Service for Animal and Plant Health, Food Safety and Quality (SENASICA) are committed to increasing transparency and strengthening monitoring and enforcement controls for organic products traded between the two countries. One important mechanism for achieving this goal is the use of import certificates.

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