Organic Enforcement

Virtual Town Hall: Organic Integrity Learning Center

The National Organic Program (NOP) is designing an Organic Integrity Learning Center to provide online professional development and continuing education training for organic certifiers, inspectors, reviewers and professionals serving a compliance and enforcement role in organic control systems. The Organic Integrity Learning Center will launch in Winter 2019, so we want your input.

Settlement Agreements 2017

12/04/2017: Productores Orgánicos Díaz & Campos (PRODICAMPOS) – Chiclayo, Peru

PRODICAMPOS agreed to a full suspension of its organic certification, to be effective the date it signs this agreement. While suspended, PRODICAMPOS must not sell, label, or represent its products as organic. If reinstated, PRODICAMPOS agreed to one unannounced inspection each year for two years.

11/03/2017: Biondillo’s Bakery- Chicago, Illinois

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.

USDA Decides Not to Impose Additional Regulatory Requirements for Organic Producers and Handlers

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule published on January 19, 2017. The rule would have increased federal regulation of livestock and poultry for certified organic producers and handlers. The withdrawal becomes effective May 13, 2018.

USDA Launches MARS, Delivering Market Data to Agricultural Producers Around the Globe Faster and Easier

Release No.: 019-18

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced the launch of a new electronic data platform to deliver market price information to the commodities industry. The new web-based platform, Market Analysis and Reporting Services (MARS), uses state-of-the-art technology to present detailed data sets in a more customer-focused way to better support competitive markets for producers and help stabilize food prices for American families.

USDA Market News data is moving to the new platform: Market Analysis & Reporting Services or MARS

Please join us as we explore the many new tools MARS has to offer to meet your data needs.  USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will host a webinar to show you some of the great features and tools provided through MARS.  Data users can create unique reports, data sets, output, and visualizations.  MARS uses state-of-the-art technology to better serve customers by creating one easy-to-use tool for users to explore timely, accurate, and unbiased data.

USDA Seeks Nominations for the National Organic Standards Board

Release No.: 084-17

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations to fill an upcoming vacancy on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), a Federal advisory committee. Written nominations, with cover letter, resume, and an advisory committee background information form, must be postmarked or received on or before by Aug. 7, 2017.

Organic Integrity in the Supply Chain: Resource List for Organic Certifiers and Certified Handlers

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.