What does the proposed rule do?
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) sets and enforces clear and consistent standards for organic production. By strengthening standards for organic livestock and poultry production, the proposal aims to clarify how organic producers and handlers must treat livestock and poultry to ensure their health and wellbeing throughout life, including transport and slaughter. The proposed rule addresses four broad areas of organic livestock and poultry practices, including living conditions, animal healthcare, transport, and slaughter. Existing practices for mammalian living conditions and health care are clarified and expanded. New provisions are proposed for poultry living conditions, and for both mammalian and poultry handling, transport, and slaughter.
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