Organic Periodic Residue Testing

Organic Periodic Residue Testing 
National Organic Program: Periodic Residue Testing
Docket Number: AMS–NOP–10–0102
Effective: January 1, 2013
This final rule clarifies a provision of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 and the regulations issued thereunder that requires periodic residue testing of organically produced agricultural products by accredited certifying agents. The final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) regulations to make clear that accredited certifying agents must conduct periodic residue testing of agricultural products that are to be sold, labeled, or represented as “100 percent organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic (specified ingredients or food group(s)).” The final rule expands the amount of residue testing of organically produced agricultural products by clarifying that sampling and testing are required on a regular basis. The final rule requires that certifying agents, on an annual basis, sample and conduct residue testing from a minimum of five percent of the operations that they certify. This action will help further ensure the integrity of products produced and handled under the NOP regulations.
Melissa Bailey, PhD, Director, Standards Division, National Organic Program
1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 2646–So., Ag Stop 0268
Washington, DC 20250–0268;
Telephone: (202) 720–3252
Fax: (202) 205-7808
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