The size and complexity of organic trade has grown over time, and many U.S. businesses rely on imports to create organic products that consumers want. As the market grows, many growers, processors, and handlers are working in multi-business supply chains, often across borders. Organic handlers and their certifiers play a vital role in ensuring the integrity of organic products from farm to market.
The global organic control system includes: strict production standards; accreditation of certifiers; certification of farmers, processors and handlers; and enforcement. The USDA organic regulations include organic system plan requirements, recordkeeping requirements, comprehensive process audits, and inspections that trace organic product from market to farm.
Resource List for Organic Certifiers and Certified Handlers (pdf)