98-264 - Organic Foods and the Proposed Federal Certification and Labeling Program
8-Sep-1998; Gene Rowson; 6 p.
Abstract: In mid-December 1997, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule to establish national standards for the marketing of organically produced foods. 1 The purpose of the rule is to give consumers confidence in the legitimacy of all products sold as organic, permit legal action against these who use the term fraudulently, and increase the supply and variety of available organic products, especially of meat and poultry products, which currently cannot be s old as organic. USDA proposed the rule under the authority of the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990 (Title 21 of P.L. 101-624, the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990). The Department received record number of comments on the proposal, the majority of which maintained that the standards did not adhere to some of the most fundamental tenets of organic production. USDA Secretary Glickman subsequently announced that a revised proposal reflecting the organic industry's; preferences would be published for comment before the end of 1998. This report gives background information the organic foods industry, the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, and the current debate over the proposed rule for the certification and labeling of organically produced products. It will be updated as the proposed regulation progresses to implementation. [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Pesticides