Tag Archives: NOP

USDA Announces Renewal of Substance Exemptions in the National Organic Program

As previously discussed on this blog, there is a National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (the “National List”) for synthetic and nonsynthetic nonagricultural (nonorganic) substances that may be used in organic handling, and nonsynthetic substances prohibited from use in organic farming under the National Organic Program (NOP) administered by the United Stated Department of … Continue Reading

USDA Set to Unveil New Rule Combating Fraudulently Labeled “Organic” Products (Subscription to IEG Policy Required)

On September 13, deputy administrator of USDA’s National Organics Program (NOP), Jennifer Tucker, announced at the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, Maryland that the agency will soon release its new organic enforcement rule with the goal of protecting consumers from food products fraudulently labeled as “organic.” The new rule, which Tucker asserted would have … Continue Reading

USDA Publishes Final Rule Amending the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances for Organic Handling or Production

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is responsible for maintaining the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (the “National List”) for organic handling and production as part of the National Organic Program (NOP) under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA; Public Law 101-624, Nov. 28, 1990).  The … Continue Reading

Congress Weighs Bill to Combat Food Fraud

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the National Organic Program (NOP), which includes standards for “organic” food in the United States.  Throughout 2017, The Washington Post has published several stories calling into question the authenticity of products from some of the largest “organic” producers of milk, eggs and imported grains. Congress is currently considering legislation that would increase … Continue Reading

NOSB Votes Against Banning Hydroponic Crops from Organic Certification

The National Organic Program (NOP) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA) (Public Law 101-624, Nov. 28, 1990).  The NOP works with the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to develop organic standards.  More specifically, the NOSB is a Federal Advisory Board, established by OFPA, that considers … Continue Reading

Organic Industry Continues Double-Digit Growth in U.S. and Abroad

As our readership is well aware, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the National Organic Program (NOP), which includes standards for “organic” food in the United States. The NOP accredits and oversees approximately 80 businesses and state governments that directly certify organic farms and businesses.  The number of certified operations has increased since the count … Continue Reading
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