There is a dire demand of strict regulations in organic foods and contamination cases. This demand has been put into notice of USDA. USDA has taken strict cognizance this time and has ordered new safety standards.

The proposed regulations, released Aug. 5, “are intended to protect integrity in the organic supply chain and build consumer and industry trust in the USDA organic label,” according to a USDA news release.

They would accomplish this by establishing or improving organic control systems, traceability and regulatory enforcement.

Main areas to go and deal are: import certificates; record keeping and product traceability; qualifications and training for certifying agents; oversight of certification activities; conformity of foreign assessment systems; certification of grower group operations, and more.

These regulations are import certificates; record keeping and product traceability; qualifications and training for certifying agents; oversight of certification activities; conformity of foreign assessment systems; certification of grower group operations, and more.

Certification would be required and for organic operations and will prevent fraud cases. Key fields to include are the basic check and approval within the system and out of the system.
Gwendolyn Wyard, vice president of regulatory & technical affairs for the Organic Trade Association, said “A key to implementing meaningful organic fraud prevention measures is conducting a vulnerability assessment, because any fraud prevention measures are effective only if they are applied in the right places.”

Regulations are up for the comments by August and September.

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